TITLE: John Lewis: 2012 National Book Festival
SPEAKER: John Lewis
EVENT DATE: 2012/09/23
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Rep. John Lewis appears at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: Rep. John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Congress, where he represents Georgia's 5th District. In 1965, Lewis helped spearhead a seminal moment in the civil rights movement: Along with Hosea Williams, Lewis led more than 600 peaceful protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in a demonstration of the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday." The incident helped hasten passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His inspirational new book is "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change" (Hyperion).
SERIES: National Book Festival 2012