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Meeting Legendary Politician: Rep. John Lewis of Georgia

Never Politics Small

My husband and I recently took a vacation, a cruise on Royal Caribbean to the Bahamas. While on the cruise my husband and I had the good fortune to meet a legendary Congressman, Representative John Lewis of Georgia. He was a fellow passenger on the cruise and my husband and I introduced ourselves and conversed with him and took this photo with him.

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The Congressman was very friendly. We told him we admired his years of service, and especially the recent sit-in against gun violence he lead in the House of Representatives. Rep. John Lewis was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement in this country. He is the only living member of the “Big Six” leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He was the chairman of the SNCC from 1963 to 1966. He marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King. He spoke at the March where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, and was the youngest person to speak that day. He is one of the most legendary figures in American politics and it was a great pleasure to meet him. He is also a member of Democratic House of Representatives Leadership, serving as Senior Chief Deputy Whip. He has served in the House of Representatives since 1987 and has been re-elected 14 times. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet this legendary activist and statesman.