Happy Birthday Mr. John Lewis

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John Robert Lewis is a politician and civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. The district includes the northern three-quarters of Atlanta.

Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation.

At 21 years old, John Lewis was the first of the Freedom Riders to be assaulted while in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He tried to enter a whites-only waiting room and two white men attacked him, injuring his face and kicking him in the ribs. Nevertheless, only two weeks later Lewis joined a Freedom Ride that was bound for Jackson. “We were determined not to let any act of violence keep us from our goal. We knew our lives could be threatened, but we had made up our minds not to turn back,” Lewis said recently in regard to his perseverance following the act of violence.

A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis is a member of the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives and has served in the Whip organization since shortly after his first election to the U.S. Congress.

Lewis is Senior Chief Deputy Whip, leading an organization of chief deputy whips and serves as the primary assistant to the Democratic Whip. He has held this position since 1991.

Read about his amazing legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

21 Comments

  • Dr William Abernathy Jr July 4, 2019 - 1:42 pm Reply

    Happy birthday Senator Lewis. Appreciate you more than you will ever know. It is because of your courage and that of many others many unnamed I have been able to live my dream . May God’s blessings and favor continue to be on you. Ralph Abernathy’s nephew

  • Dr William Abernathy Jr July 4, 2019 - 1:44 pm Reply

    Correction Rep Lewis

  • Marjorie Goolsby July 4, 2019 - 3:43 pm Reply

    Happy bd to you
    💘

    • Earline July 8, 2019 - 4:01 pm Reply

      Happy birthday im a johnlouis that my maid name

  • Joseph Murray July 4, 2019 - 3:50 pm Reply

    Happy birthday Sir, I’m glad that what you done for all people that it never goes unotice. I wish you good times on your brithday with good people everywhere. Thank you, Joe Murray. P.S will you run for president I’m sure you will win.

  • Kathryn Cobb-Holmes July 4, 2019 - 4:19 pm Reply

    Happy birthday to a remarkable man. They don’t make men of your caliber anymore! My birthday was yesterday…I will never forget your special day. Continue to strive for justice!

  • Gloria Lee July 4, 2019 - 4:29 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Congressman Lewis have a wonderful bless birthdays. I am happy you continue to stand for justice for all. I was one of your campaign workers when you first ran for a political office in the mid 70’s. You headquarters was on Houston Street at that time
    We did not win that time. I thank God you are on the battlefield. Gloria C. Lee

  • Phyllis Jackson July 5, 2019 - 6:24 am Reply

    You are an American Hero and Treasure for the ages..

  • Mary Wilson July 5, 2019 - 8:51 am Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONGRESS MAN, I PRAY FROM THE INNERMOST PART OF MY HEART THAT GOD SHOULD BLESSED YOU WITH GOOD HEALTH FOR YOU TO CONTINUE THE GOOD WORK ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME, MAY HE ALSO GIVE YOU MORE STRENGTH , SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO CONTINUE THE BATTLE YOU BEGAN, AND I BELIEVE IN MY HEARTS OF HEART THAT HE’LL DO IT BECAUSE HE IS THE OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, AND THE OMNIPRESENT, HE HAS THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS FOR HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND THE FULLNESS OF IT ALL.

  • Chief Tebello Mofokeng wa Mlenzane July 6, 2019 - 1:59 am Reply

    Many a Black Panthers Departed+Alive will Eternally Dare African Native Compatriots across Our Common Uni-Verse=World.Cheers.

  • Emalie Allbee July 6, 2019 - 7:41 pm Reply

    Happy birthday, Mr. John Lewis! Your life, from what I gather, has been one of great importance and, though I am 28, I would like to thank you, sincerely, for allowing me to enjoy the world in which we live, today. If not for the every day people who stood up and spoke out, our world would have remained a place exiled from inclusion. I’ve never met you, but I want you to know that I love you for the actions you’ve taken to help move our culture forward. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy today! Happy Birthday!

  • Sharon Wilkes July 7, 2019 - 10:43 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Members of Congress ever to serve and truly a National Treasure! Congressman Lewis, you should have at least 120 more birthdays as we say in my tribe. May you continue to be the conscience of this nation and be an inspiration for all the young people of this great nation. I had the honor of driving you home from NYC and it was the most memorable drive down 95 in my life. Your extraordinary stories of how you, as a young man, reached out through a letter to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and how your life changed after he sent you the bus ticket to come join the movement. You have made a difference in this world, but I am sure you are still leading the way to continue to make this country one where there is less hate and racism of all kinds. I know I speak for so many Americans when I say no one deserves good health and a long life as you do!

  • Evelyn Augusto July 8, 2019 - 5:22 am Reply

    Happy Birthday to a fine American leader!

  • Kevin G. Arnold July 8, 2019 - 8:34 am Reply

    Happy

  • Bernice RingoWilson July 8, 2019 - 9:30 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Blessings and Thank You for your lifelong commitment, sacrifices, dedication and service to this world!

  • Marjorie Morris July 9, 2019 - 11:31 am Reply

    Happy Happy Birthday Senator Lewis..may it be a day of celebration and joy. Thank you for ever day you have given this country standing up and speaking out for the right of all..You are my ideal citizen, and there are no words that express my gratitude enough.

  • Justin Marshall July 10, 2019 - 10:25 pm Reply

    Happy birthday Congressman Lewis.. I am old enough to remember the Freedom Riders and how even as a young ster in Houston I was impressed with your and All the other Freedom Riders bravery. Sir you will always be one of my heroes.

  • Frederick V Roberts July 12, 2019 - 7:59 am Reply

    Happy Birthday Mr. Lewis and best wishes on this blessed day. May you enjoy the grace and mercy of God to see many more birthdays as you go about doing God’s and caring for his children.

  • Ann Rennacker July 13, 2019 - 9:08 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday to you John Lewis, a true pillar of justice and democracy! Many more happy returns as you oppose the greed and cruelty of the Republicans a d the division of the Democrats
    Bless you.

  • Jewell Dykes July 14, 2019 - 5:19 am Reply

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    Happy Birthday Mr. John Lewis, Thank you for all that you have done and all that you Continue to do I take nothing for granted of the life that I have you made it more Livable for me and my generation, May God Continue to give you strength and good health To continue the good fight as he order your steps.

  • Ermelle Martinez July 16, 2019 - 10:22 am Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Congressman Lewis!!! Thanking for being the difference!!!! When I was matriculating at AU snd MSM, was honored to be represented by you. As a Civil Rights activist, kindly consider celebrating our Veterans who independently rescued stranded citizens from his personal skiboat, the morning Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. The Veterans humanity circumvented the racism that they witnessed. “Who We Are Hurricane Katrina ” http://www.whowearedocumentary.com was nominated for Best Filmography and Best Editing. Distributors have yet to embrace this epic and unseen documentary. Trusting God on credit that you will share a distribution liaison. Thank you, Sir.

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