Books: Marching On: Civil rights warrior John Lewis tells his life's story

Civil rights warrior John Lewis tells his life's story

Of all the surviving saints of the civil rights movement, John Lewis, now a Democratic Congressman from Atlanta, remains most committed to its original creed. Unlike black-power advocate Stokely Carmichael, who ousted him from the leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1966, Lewis never abandoned his belief in a utopian "beloved community" in which all men and women are created equal regardless of their race. Unquestioning faith in that idea led Lewis from his family's sharecropper farm in Alabama to the front lines of the battle for racial justice during the 1960s; he never flinched as he suffered arrests...

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