The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents:
"A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality"
with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aide
moderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Lewis was a leader in many of the most dramatic campaigns of the movement: the lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington where he gave a speech (he is now a sole surviving speaker of the March) as well as the historic march in Selma, Alabama. He has been an apostle of nonviolent civil disobedience in his pursuit of justice and is one of America's most courageous champions of human rights.
To inspire a new generation to engage in the continuing battle for human rights, Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin recently authored March: Book One, a graphic novel, on Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, and a meditation "on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation."
National Book Award-nominated historian Adam Hochschild, moderator, is one of the co-founders of Mother Jones magazine and author of many books including King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC Berkeley.
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