John Lewis

John Lewis

by Kerrily Sapet
     
 

Growing up in Alabama in the 1940s, John Lewis, the son of poor sharecroppers, lived in a segregated world. Angered by the discrimination he faced as an African American, Lewis envisioned a life in which people of all races were treated as equals. His activist path began at a young age when he petitioned the local library, open only to white patrons, for a library

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Growing up in Alabama in the 1940s, John Lewis, the son of poor sharecroppers, lived in a segregated world. Angered by the discrimination he faced as an African American, Lewis envisioned a life in which people of all races were treated as equals. His activist path began at a young age when he petitioned the local library, open only to white patrons, for a library card.

As Lewis grew, his protests gained momentum. He spearheaded sit-ins, volunteered for the first Freedom Rides in 1961, helped organize voter registration drives during Freedom Summer in Mississippi, and at twenty-three, gave a fiery keynote speech at the historic March on Washington. Lewis risked his life on several occasions, enduring several attacks and forty arrests. In later years, he won election to Congress, where he has served as a representative from Georgia for more than twenty-three years. Lewis still strives for a world free of injustice, and creating this "beloved community" remains his lifelong goal.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Erin Forson
This timely and unique reference series skillfully examines the lives of prominent politicians who appear frequently in the media today. Each volume, written by a different author, begins with the early years of a selected American politician and moves through to the present using uncomplicated, unbiased language and short chapters that are appropriate for young readers who may be new to politics. Using generous source notes and well-chosen photographs, authors highlight the milestones, failures, accomplishments, and political affiliations of politician such as: Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis, to name a few. The series provides valuable information for students performing research for class assignments, or for those interested in reading an engaging, succinct biography about important United States politicians. Unlike similar biographical series such as People to Know Today (Enslow, 2006-2011) and USA Today Biographies (USA Today, 2009-1013), which include famous Americans from all walks of life past and present, these titles focus exclusively on American politicians from the current era and would be an invaluable addition to any academic or public library. (Political Profiles) Ages 11 to 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599351308
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Political Profiles Series
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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