John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

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Lee & Low, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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How does an Alabama sharecropper's son grow up to help change his world? For John Lewis the journey began as a boy experiencing the injustice of segregation and the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

After high school Lewis joined with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders who believed in fighting segregation peacefully. From Nashville, Tennessee, to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Lewis was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he perservered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis continued his commitment to human rights with words and action from his home base in the South, straight to the nation's capital. In 1986 John Lewis was elected to represent Georgia in the United States Congress, where he continues to serve today.

John Lewis in the Lead celebrates the life of a living legend of American history. Lewis's passionate belief in justice is a beacon for all who wish to make the country a better place to live.

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Coming up in a time where, in the South, being black was treated like being subhuman, John Lewis persevered through all sorts of violent, racist attacks to help secure rights for black people. Living ... Read full review

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User Review  - lalfonso - LibraryThing

This is the story of a civil rights leader whom I had never known. The book depicts his struggle to overcome the injustice that African Americans were living in America. He fought for civil rights ... Read full review

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JIM HASKINS was the celebrated author of more than one hundred books, most on topics of African American history and achievement. His works received numerous honors, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Carter G. Woodson Award. In 1994 Haskins was the recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for a body of work in nonfiction for young people. He passed away in 2005, shortly after completing the manuscript for this book.KATHLEEN BENSON is Curator of Community Projects at the Museum of the City of New York. With her late husband, Jim Haskins, Benson co-authored some twenty books for children, young adults, and adults. She lives in New York City.

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