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Transcript of JOHN LEGEND
John Lewis is an American Politician and Civil Rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.
He was born in Troy, Alabama. He was the third child of Willie Mae. He followed DR. Martin Luther King JR and Rosa Parks on the radio. His family supported the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
civil rights activist
He was the youngest of the big six civil rights leaders and the chairman of the SNCC from 1963 to 1966. In 1960, Lewis became one of the 13 original Freedom Riders. There were seven whites and six blacks who were determined to ride from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans in an integrated fashion. At that time, several states of the old Confederacy still enforced laws prohibiting black and white riders from sitting next to each other on public transportation.
Lewis first ran for elected office in 1977, when a vacancy occurred in Georgia's 5th congressional district. A special election was called after President Jimmy Carter appointed incumbent U.S. Congressman Andrew Young to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Lewis lost the race to Atlanta City Councilman and future U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler.