Congressman John Robert Lewis

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John Robert Lewis was known as the “conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  John was the son of sharecroppers, born in Troy, Alabama, in 1940.  As a young boy, he knew that he was going to get in “good trouble.”  It was a large part of his character.  He knew that he had to make a difference for equal rights. He received a BA degree from American Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA from Fisk University.  He held over 50 honorary degrees. He was one of the youngest speakers at the March on Washington over 50 years ago and was also one of the lieutenants of Dr. Martin L. King,  Jr.  John Lewis led the voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.  We refer to this march as “Bloody Sunday.”