John Lewis

Mr. John Lewis

Born February 21, 1940 in south Alabama, as a teenager John Lewis heard a radio broadcast of Martin Luther King's sermon, "St. Paul’s Address to American Christians," and was struck by the contrast between the Pike County preachers of his childhood, who talked about the pearly gates of heaven and the streets paved with gold, and Dr. King, who spoke of Jesus alive and active on the highways and byways of America. Later, it was King's vision of beloved community that gave expression to all Lewis longed for as a young, African American seminarian devoted to the venture of making the teachings of Jesus come alive in the segregated South. Soon after, Lewis entered the Civil Rights Movement; he was a Freedom Rider and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963-1966.  Representative Lewis, a member of the Democratic Party, assumed office in Georgia's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in 1987.

Quotes from interviews with this actor are listed below. To see excerpts from interview transcripts, click on the associated Excerpts link below each quote.

"...I think many of us that got caught up in the Civil Rights Movement saw it as participating, saw it as an extension of our religious faith, saw it as part of our religious conviction, part of our very being."

Find below primary and secondary resources located in the Project on Lived Theology's Civil Rights Archive associated with this Actor. Click on a title to see the full record.

Ed King Rifle Squads in the Beloved Community
Jim Forman Letter from Jim Forman to SNCC Staff
John Lewis An Emergency Appeal to Southern College Students
Paul Gaston Jim Crow's Demise: The UVa Story
Unknown Says Wallace wants to work in Virginia with students (SNCC Transcript) (Untitled Document)
1963 Bill Livant Letter from Bill Livant to Ed King (12/21/1963)
1963 Ed King Birmingham Funerals
1964
James Atwater
Lynn Pelham
"If We Can Crack Mississippi...": At the Risk of Their Lives, Hundreds of Northern Students Are Challenging the Heart of the Deep South
1964 Theresa Del Pozzo Letter from Theresa Del Pozzo to John Lewis
1965 Tom Brown Program Proposal: Transition in the Church from Tom Brown to Jim Forman, Cleveland Sellers, and John Lewis
1966 Jack Nelson Ousted Chairman Tells of New Setup in SNCC
1966 Joyce C. Ladner Letter from Joyce to Trump
1968
Unknown
John Lewis
John Lewis Interview Concerning the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1970 John Egerton "John Lewis," from A Mind to Stay Here
1970 John Egerton A Mind to Stay Here: Profiles from the South
1970 John Egerton Fannie Lou Hamer
1972 James Forman Chapter 43: The March on Washington
1972 James Forman Chapter 51: African Interlude
1972 James Forman Chapter 55: Black Power Stirkes
1972 James Forman Kingston Springs
1972 James Forman Liberation Will Come From a Black Thing
1972 James Forman Lucretia Collins: "The Spirit of Nashville"
1972 James Forman Power for Black People
1972 James Forman Selma Freedom Day
1972 James Forman The "Big Five" and the SNCC
1972 James Forman The Freedom Vote
1976
Jim Sessions
Sue Thrasher
John Lewis
A New Day Begun
1976 Unknown Southern Exposure Volume IV, Number 3
1977 Unknown Fannie Lou Hamer
1982 Frye Gaillard Preacher to the Damned
1986 Ann Kimbrough The Fight for the Fifth
1986 Unknown Mixed Results in Georgia: Senate Seat at Stake
1986 Unknown Turning the Tables: Atlanta Congressional Candidate John Lewis' Nomination
1986 Walter Isaacson Times Not Forgotten; In Georgia, Two Old Friends From the Movement Days Collide
1987
Frye Gaillard
Will D. Campbell
Book Review: 40 Acres and a Goat
1988 Nicolaus Mills Heard and Unheard Speeches: What Really Happened at the March on Washington?
1988
Vicki Quade
John Lewis
Where did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?
1990
Henry Hampton
Steve Fayer
Sarah Flynn
Mississippi Freedom: Summer, 1964: "Representation and the Right to Participate"
1991 Harold Ford Jr. Lewis Named Deputy Whip
1991 John Lewis We Must Seek Peace
1991 Sharon Bramlett-Solomon Civil Rights Vanguard in the Deep South: Newspaper Portrayal of Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964-1977
1991 Unknown What Martin Luther King Would Do Now About: Drugs, Poverty, and Black-Jewish Relations; Widow and Associates Tell How He Would Respond to Today's Burning Issues
1993
Charles Marsh
Ed King
Interview with Ed King
1993
Charles Marsh
John Lewis
John Lewis Interview
1993 Charles Marsh John Lewis Interview Questions and Background
1993
Charles Marsh
Will Campbell
Will Campbell Interview, 7/6/1993
1993 David Zurawik "March to Freedom": An Outstanding Hour For Local Television
1993
Jack Germond
Jules Witcover
Liberals Losing Patience With President They Chose: The Political Scene
1993 Unknown Bigger Congressional Black Caucus Plays Hardball With the President
1993 Unknown Quickly Pass Leave Bill, Senate Urged Don't Play "Games" With the Measure, White House Says
1993 Unknown Rep. Lewis Wants Army to Explain Spying on Blacks
1995
Charles Marsh
Cleveland Sellers
Cleveland Sellers Interview, Denmark, South Carolina, 7/29/1995
1996 Kevin Chappell Where Are the Civil Rights Icons of the '60s?: What Black Activists Are Doing in the 1990s
1996 Martin Peretz The New Republic July 1996 Issue
1996 Sea Wilentz The Last Integrationist: John Lewis's American Odyssey
1997
Sean Wilentz
John Lewis
Election Lessons, 1996: A Talk With John Lewis
2000 Jennifer Ford Will Campbell and Christ's Ambassadors: Selections from the Katallagete/James Y. Halloway Collection, Special Collections, University of Mississippi
2001
Peter Slade
Foy Valentine
Foy Valentine, Telephone Interview; 10/10/01