|John Robert Lewis|
|Political Party:||Democratic Party|
|Education:||American Baptist College
|Born||February 21, 1940|
Civil Rights Activist
At a young age, Lewis overcame poverty and political disenfranchisement to become a leader in the civil rights movement. He had been chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when the organization launched Freedom Summer, an attempt to encourage as many African Americans in the state of Mississippi to register to vote as possible. Freedom Summer was an important part of the civil rights movement, as it brought attention to discrimination against African-Americans in the south.
Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, made of seven whites and six blacks who attempted to ride from Washington D.C. to New Orleans together when segregation was still as bad as ever in The South. He and the other non-violent freedom riders had been beaten by angry mobs and even arrested and jailed.
Lewis led the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches, where African American's attempted to walk from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. They were stopped by police officers who had beaten the peaceful protesters. Lewis managed to escape with a fractured skull, and before going to the hospital, appeared on national televisions challenging President Lyndon B. Johnson to act.
In 1986, John Lewis was elected to the U.S. House of Representitives. He's an awesome liberal and leads the fight in Congress for civil rights. He had been an advocate for expanding civil rights for African Americans and homosexuals. He had voted against NAFTA, both wars in Iraq, the Defense of Marriage Act, and cutting Welfare. He once suggested impeaching George W. Bush after he authorized warantless wiretaps.
After the Supreme Court decided to butcher the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, Lewis was one Court's strongest critics. He knew that the law was still necessary, and was proven right when southern states immediately began pursuing Voter ID Laws and racial gerrymandering.