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Rep. John Lewis


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                   U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5 Congressional District, Civil Rights Leader, Author



































                   “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral
                   obligation to do something about it.”      These words were spoken by one of
                   America’s most-loved and most-respected political figures.       They sum up Rep.
                   John Lewis’ commitment to activism, and to the equal rights and justice for
                   which he fought so hard.     His commitment deepened further during his more
                   than three decades in government service beginning in 1986.


                   Lewis was born February 21, 1940 in Alabama.            He grew up in the South
                   during the time of racial segregation, but thought of his childhood as a happy
                   one.    Still, he was extremely bothered by the unfairness of segregation and
                   the painfully slow adaptation to the laws which were supposed to bring equality
                   to blacks.     When the Supreme Court of Topeka, Kansas unanimously
                   accepted the case of Brown vs. The Board of Education case of 1954,
                   declaring that racial segregation of children in public schools was
                   unconstitutional, he and many more hoped to see changes manifest quickly
                   across the nation.    When he noticed no effect upon his personal school life,
                   Lewis felt compelled to do something by passionately supporting change, even
                   as a school boy.     His earnest commitment continued throughout the rest of
                   his life.  He eventually became a prominent figure for justice and equality,
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                   leading the people of Georgia’s 5 Congressional District in the U.S. House of
                   Representatives, and making a profound impact upon the entire nation, as
                   well.
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