Rep. John Lewis to Speak at AU
BY: AYESHA ALI
Civil rights champion Congressman John Lewis will be coming to American University as part of the DMV Multicultural Greek Summit. The Intercultural Greek Collective (IGC) and Kennedy Political Union (KPU) announced Wednesday that Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the conference on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Lewis’ speech is free for AU students, but first, you have to register. The event will take place in Mary Graydon Center rooms 3-5 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Register here.
Why should you attend? Congressman Lewis was, and still is, one of the most important figures in civil rights history. With help from the Congressman's website, we've compiled nine reasons why you should RSVP right now.
1. Rep. Lewis was born to sharecropper parents in Troy, Alabama. He attended segregated public schools in Pike County.
2. He joined the Civil Rights Movement after hearing about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Lewis attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters.
3. Congressman Lewis has represented Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since 1986. Currently, he also serves as Senior Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Party.
4. He was awarded the highest civilian honor granted, the Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama.
6. In 1961, Lewis volunteered as a Freedom Rider, risking his life to desegregate buses in the South. Lewis was attacked by angry mobs and arrested for standing up against Jim Crow Laws.
7. From 1963-1966, Lewis served as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
8. He has received honorary degrees from more than 50 colleges and universities in the United States, including Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Columbia and Duke universities.
9. John Lewis is the co-author of the National Book Award-winning graphic novel memoir trilogy, "MARCH"
If these reasons have intrigued you, then be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to hear Rep. Lewis speak. Because in the words of Lewis: “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”