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Complete Coverage of the Life of Rep. John Lewis from Alabama News Network

Alabama News Network is covering the life and work of Rep. John Lewis. He died Friday, July 17 at the age of 80. His service is being remembered across Alabama.  Here is a complete look at recent stories we have on him. We will be adding to this list in the coming days:   EVENTS: List of local events to…

Timeline: The Life of Rep. John Lewis

Born in rural Alabama during the dark days of Jim Crow segregation, Rep. John Lewis rose from poverty to become a leader of the civil rights movement and later was elected to Congress. Here is a timeline of some major events in Lewis’ life. Feb. 21, 1940: Born the son of Black sharecroppers near Troy. ___ Fall 1959: Long interested…

Bus Ticket from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Began Lifetime of Civil Rights Service for Rep. John Lewis

Eighteen-year-old John Lewis stepped off a Greyhound bus in Montgomery in 1958 after receiving a round-trip ticket from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The teen had written King a letter because he was interested in trying to attend the all-white Troy University, just 10 miles from his family’s farm in Pike County. “So you’re John Lewis. The boy from…