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John Lewis is known as a U.S. Representative. He is most famous for being one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

Background and Age

John Robert Lewis was born on February 21, 1940, in Troy, Alabama. Lewis had a cheerful youth, however, he expected to strive to assist his farmer guardians yet he scraped against the injustice of discrimination. He was particularly disappointed when the Supreme Court managing in 1954's Brown v. The Board of Education didn't influence his school life.

Wife and Kids

John's wife Lillian was the Director of External Affairs for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Clark Atlanta University. They had two children together. Lillian passed away at Emory University Hospital in 2012. Lillian had been sick for a long time yet urged her better half to proceed with his career.

Career and Net Worth

In 1957, John Lewis left Alabama to go to the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. There, he found out about peaceful protest and composed demonstrations at segregated lunch counters. He was arrested during these protests, which upset his mom, yet Lewis was focused on the Civil Rights Movement and proceeded to participate in the Freedom Rides of 1961.

Freedom Riders tested the segregated offices they experienced at interstate transport terminals in the South, which had been esteemed illicit by the Supreme Court. It was hazardous work that brought about captures and beatings for some including Lewis.

In 1963, Lewis became executive of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. That same year, as one of the "Big Six" pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement, he helped plan the March on Washington. Lewis, the most youthful speaker at the occasion needed to adjust his speech so as to satisfy different coordinators, yet at the same time conveying an incredible address that announced their intentions.

After the March on Washington, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act became law. This didn't make it simpler for African Americans to cast a ballot in the South. To point out this battle, Lewis and Hosea Williams drove a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 7, 1965. Subsequent to the intersection of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers were assaulted by state troopers. Lewis was seriously beaten again, this time enduring a cracked skull.

In December 2019, it was announced that John will undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He learned of the finding after a routine doctor visit.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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