John Lewis Interview

Type 
Interview
Year 
1993
Creator(s) 
Charles Marsh (interviewer)
John Lewis (interviewee)
Date 
Fri, 11/19/1993
Medium 
Tape Recorded, then Transcribed
Doc # 
7INT20
Location 
Congressional Office Washington, DC
United States
Abstract 

In this interview, John Lewis discusses his religious upbringing and the early social consciousness that led to his extensive work within the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis explains at length the connection between the Gospel message and racial equality. He notes that many civil rights advocates viewed the Civil Rights Movement as the real-world application of their Christian faith. He credits black churches as symbolic defenses against segregation and inequality. Lewis goes on to discuss his close relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. and his belief in interracial democracy. He talks about the schisms within the Civil Rights Movement and his belief in an interracial democracy and nonviolence.

Additional information 

Document Description: 11-page photocopy of document; located in the PLT Archive folder "John Lewis- 11-19-1993".

Rights 
Copy available for use subject to Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution required, Non-Commercial use, No Derivatives, 3.0, Unported).