Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia’s 5th congressional district, is the author of the historical narrative, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” He talks about his early involvement in the non-violent protests of the civil rights movement, and recounts his experience in leading a group of students across the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Alabama when he was 25 years old. Rep. Lewis explains how he and other students were beaten and arrested by Alabama state troopers. He comments on many of the early participants in the civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
John Lewis was first elected to his 5th district seat in 1986. Before that, he served on the Atlanta city council. He was born in Troy, Alabama, and was the longest serving chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.