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Congressman/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Talks About What Gives Him Hope

Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) talked with WKAR Digital News Director Reginald Hardwick about what keeps him going and what gives him hope during a recent appearance at Michigan State University.

Born 77 years ago, the son of sharecroppers in Alabama, Rep. John Lewis has committed a lifetime to public service.

He joined the civil rights movement as a teen and was nearly beaten to death during non-violent marches for equality.

He organized the 1963 March on Washington, that featured Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream Speech.

And he is in his 31st year of representing Georgia in the House of Representatives.

Last week, former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard invited Lewis to speak at MSU about being part of the civil rights movement, his relationships with various U.S. Presidents and other experiences. 

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