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Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the author of his autobiography, Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement and is the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award (the only of its kind ever awarded), and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By sugapie on May 22, 2012
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This book discusses social change from the perspective of someone who was a young American activist and it distills the lessons he learned in the movement. He brings out some interesting points. It never really occurred to me that the civil rights movement was not led by political grassroots folk, but by ministers....so it had a deeply spiritual center. Lewis tries to talk about this in a way that would be accessible to anybody, not just someone interested in history. The book is inspirational and it introduces some deep concepts. You can read it quickly, but it's the kind of book you want to re-read and reflect upon to get the full understanding of what he is saying. Great gift for Father's Day or graduation. I loved it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vada Pinson on June 23, 2012
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John Lewis is a National treasure his words and actions will help define our nation long after he is gone. Like many great historical figures neither he nor his work will be celebrated until he's gone. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions when we took groups of fourth grade students to Washington DC to meet him. Fortunatly we had a teacher who understood the wisdom and beauty of this great American and spent class time with her students helping them understand his life's contribtions to equality and his fellow man.
The first time this group met him after studying his life's work reading his thoughts on the civil rights movement and watching hours of those painful video tapes of the civil rights struggle they were well prepared. They met him in the rotunda of the office building and one by one they seemed to be overjoyed at their first sight of the hero they had studied , There he is"..they SHOUTED as if they had spotted Michael Jordan. We visited him ( I was the principal of the school and have since retired) for several years. On my last visit we presented him with a framed collection of baseball cards of the first black baseball player from each MLB team.He was ALWAYS more gracious and caring with each of our students ( signing autographs, posing for pictures and answering EVERY question)than anyone could ever imagine.
I mention this because it is through teachers like this connecting young people with heros like John Lewis that demonstrates the true meaning of education. Studying the life of John Lewis and other Civil Rights leaders like him empowers young people. Far too many young people believe that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and that's how Aferican Americans were freed from the horrors of Jim Crow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron on June 21, 2012
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Having lived through the times of civil unrest and the non-violent protests that eventually dealt racial inequality its fatal blow, my mind, but not my heart, was only involved in the struggle. I, like some readers of this text, am a WASP and, being so, I could never fully feel the overwhelming experiences that my black brothers and sisters were experiencing. Yes, I could say the words, but, no, I could not feel the depth of the emotions involved. John Lewis, with his patient and soul-revealing manner, has allowed me to further understand not only all pain that was felt and the accomplishments that were made but all the similar painful mountains we have yet to scale.

Faith, Patience, Study, Truth, Peace and Love are not only the chapter titles of this riveting handbook but are the steps each individual, each community and each nation must take in order to quell this era of hatred in which we find ourselves. While initially Mr. Lewis's prescription of non-violence may seem a bit naive and non-productive to the average reader, allowing this concept to settle deep into one's mindset brings a stunning realism; This is the Only Path to Peace That is Available to Us! We have fought countless wars and slaughtered numerous innocents under the guises that only these atrocious actions can bring peace to our planet. But, in spite of our self-proclaimed accolades we find our present state angrier and more hostile than ever before. How many times must we repeat the same deadly mistake before we turn our hearts inward and realize that peace can only begin when each person, each soul, can have not only peace within himself but with those in his immediate surroundings before we attempt to extend this concept outwards?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wade Burns on October 7, 2012
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After you have read this book once, you will want to pick it up again from time to time as the lessons of Mr. Lewis experience can be meaningful in the choices in our own lives. John Lewis was part of an inner circle of ministers and seminarians that history continues to reveal had an
advanced understanding of the core principles of grace born of unearned suffering. John Lewis embraced that understanding and became one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders of the 1960's. What is astounding is the wisdom that this last surviving speaker at the march on Washington has to share in this book. There are fewer and fewer left to give us this first hand living history experience and advice that includes Mr. Lewis lessons from then on thru the divisions of right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendell F. Wentz on May 9, 2013
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Read the history of John Lewis and he segregated South during his childhood. You will see a man from Pike County, Alabama going all the way to Washington, D.C. as an elected congressman. George Wallace and his KKK friends could not hold this good man down. Wallace nearly had Lewis killed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and Lewis lived to tell the story of freedom and liberty earned the hard way in face of opposition in Alabama. A very good book written by a scholar and statesman.
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