John Robert Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 and is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Now in his 17th term in the House, Lewis, was also a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington… as well as other key roles in the Civil Rights Movement.
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY TO OUR OWN CONGRESSMAN, JOHN R. LEWIS! The civil rights leader, former ATL councilman, and longtime congressman was Pres. Carter’s associate director of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency. 12/3/79 pic NAID 842558 @repjohnlewis #FightTheGoodFight #GoodTrouble pic.twitter.com/7wWpSzIUMw
— Jimmy Carter Presidential Library (@CarterLibrary) February 21, 2020
Lewis has been presented many honorary degrees and awards, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On December 29, 2019, it was announced that Lewis is receiving treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Our prayers are with this political giant. Source: Biography.com and wikipedia.org)