John Lewis

Name: John Lewis ( John Robert Lewis )
Born: February 21, 1940
Age: 80 years old
Birthplace: Troy, Alabama, USA
Height: 167 Feet
Occupation: politician, writer
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  • Horoscope: Pisces
  • Net worth: $300 000
  • Ethnicity: black
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: Training High School, Brundidge, Alabama, and also American Baptist Theological Seminary and at Fisk University
  • Hair color: Dark Brown
  • Eye color: Dark Brown
  • Match marriage: married
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    John Lewis: biography

    John Lewis is a political icon and classic example of service to people and beliefs.

    Childhood and youth

    He had a happy childhood. The boy grew up in a big friendly family. However he and his siblings got used to hearing about the division of people on white and colored. As an adult, he mentioned the case when he and his siblings attended the library, and the librarian said that libraries were for white.

    By the 60s, he became a well-educated, intelligent young man. Besides his education at high school and university, John attended the Seminary. He was inspired by speeches and sermons of contemporary leaders and decided to act for the changes he wanted to see.

    Political career

    In 1977 John pretended on the political seat for the first time, but he defended. A decade later, he overheld victory on the elections and took the position of a representative. He was repeatedly re-elected and got numerous accolades.

    U.S. House of Representatives

    The young man took part in various meetings and marches. For his long career as a civil rights fighter, he was arrested about 40 times. He took part in elections in 1977. That year John lost to the experienced congressman. He accepted the position in the president's administration and worked as an associate director of the volunteer program.

    In 1987 he overheld victory on the elections. Even though he joined the political circle that year, he didn't stop his fighting activity and continued to stay for the equal fundamental human rights. Thanks to his spotless reputation, the politician was re-elected 16 times.

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    Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis

    Tenure

    He was named a liberal politician, as well as independent. John always called the consciousness of people and expressed his disagreement about things that were contrary to his values. For his career, he didn't support the inauguration of two American presidents. He voted against the air and naval operation in Lybia.

    He made the civil rights movement a part of his politics. Every year he retraced the route of the historic march.

    In 2003 he joined the anti-war protest against the war in Iraq. Lewis also expressed his protest again the first genocide in the 21 century – Darfur genocide.

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    U.S. House Democratic members, including Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Andre Carson, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. George Meeks, Rep. Bobby Rush, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez

    In 1963 he took part in the historic march. The politician was the youngest participant of that march. When he was 21, John took part in the union when seven White people and six Afro-Americans decided to ride across states to unite people in the movement.

    In one of his late interviews, he told countless attempts of assaulting riders, including fire-bombs and severe injuries in Selma, when troopers fractured his skull.

    From 1988 to 2002, John introduced a bill about the creation of the Museum of African Culture. Conservatives rejected the proposal. Finally, in 2002 the museum had been opened.

    Personal life

    He met the only wife in the 60s. The couple married in 1968. Together they had one kid, a son. His wife passed away in 2012. His net worth is about $300,000.

    On the 29th of December, the 79-years-old activist made an official announcement. He reported his diagnose – pancreatic cancer on the late stage. He confessed that all his life, he had to fight for universal values such as freedom, equality, and fundamental human rights, but now Lewis faced a private fight that he had never met.

    Some Americans confused Elijah Cummings and John Lewis after the death of the former. The congressman Cummings passed away on the 17th of October. Some people have mistaken two political figures, and as a result, John Lewis became trending number one on Twitter that day.

    Honors

    • The politician's activity in defense of civil and human rights is highly recognized. To appreciate and give honors, many universities and organizations gave him honors. Thus in 1999, he received Wallenberg Medal.
    • Many organizations highlighted his leadership and courage and sent him accolades. Thus he received the award by John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 2001
    • In 2007 he took the Dole Leadership Prize
    • He was on the March on Washington, preventing civil and economic rights, which was held in 1963. The ex-resident of the USA highly appreciated his activity. Barack Obama signed the photograph to the politician with the words "Because of you, John."
    • In 2011 he was honored to receive the presidential award of freedom.

    Bibliography

    The politician wrote several books alongside the other writers. The books told about his life and path as a fighter as well as historic movements in the whole. Thus in 2012 he released “Across That Bridge”, several years earlier the book “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” was released. He published several autobiographies.

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