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Rep. John Lewis to talk at literary fest

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published April 1, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.

U.S. representative and civil-rights leader John Lewis will speak in Little Rock on April 27 as one of the featured authors during this year's Arkansas Literary Festival.

Lewis, a Democrat who has served Georgia's 5th District since 1987, will talk about his graphic-novel memoir, March: Book One, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by North Little Rock native Nate Powell, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said in a statement. The book, a New York Times bestseller, is the first of a planned trilogy of graphic novels about Lewis' life.

Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, a group of activists who tested the U.S. Supreme Court's Boynton v. Virginia ruling, which ordered bus companies to integrate interstate transportation waiting rooms and restrooms, by riding buses into segregated areas of the South.

He continued his activism by leading and joining demonstrations and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama, and was arrested 24 times during nonviolent protests. The director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he became the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and the youngest member of the “Big Six” civil-rights leaders, a group that included Martin Luther King Jr. and the NAACP's Roy Wilkins.

Lewis will speak at 1:30 p.m. April 27 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock. The free, public event will be hosted by the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity and the cultural center.

The Arkansas Literary Festival, a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, runs from April 24-27. More information about the festival is available at

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mhck52 says... April 1, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.

Hope someone asks him why he joined the party that was against civil rights. Not to mention MLK was a Republican.

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HM2 says... April 1, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

This is also the guy who back in 2000 made the statement that sharks were still following the routes that the slave ships used. this idiot still lives in the twilight zone. I have never seen this man smile, he has a racist chip on his shoulder.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 1, 2014 at 7:34 p.m.

You two have no right to speak unless you have had the sh*it beat out of you, fire-hosed and a German Shepard hanging off your balls.

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Populist says... April 1, 2014 at 7:46 p.m.

John Lewis is an American hero. God bless him.

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Populist says... April 1, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.


Can you give me a quote for that? No. From 5 minutes of research, I read that it is a lie perpetrated by rightwing fanatics. Apparently, some Congressman for New Jersey named Donald Payne said something to the effect that sharks used to follow slave ships. What is your source, sir?

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Pacorabone says... April 1, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.

Y A W N......

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