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John Lewis: From Freedom Rider to Congressman (African-American Biographies (Enslow)) Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: African-American Biographies (Enslow)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766017680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766017689
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,310,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richie Partington VINE VOICE on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"On February 18, a young African-American army veteran, Jimmie Lee Jackson, was shot at a voter registration rally in nearby Marion, Alabama. He died a few days later. SCLC [The Southern Christian Leadership Conference] announced a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, fifty-four miles away, to protest Jackson's murder.
"On Sunday, March 7 [1965], late in the afternoon, John Lewis and SCLC's Hosea Williams led nearly six hundred marchers from the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which leads out of Selma toward Montgomery. They could not see over the steep span until they reached the middle of the bridge. There on the other side was 'a sea of blue,' Lewis remembered: 'Alabama state troopers.' Behind them were row upon row of white civilians deputized that morning by Sheriff Clark, many of them on horseback. Lewis looked down to the muddy water one hundred feet below. 'Can you swim?' Hosea Williams asked him.
" 'No,' Lewis answered. Neither could Williams."
Lewis and Williams then knelt to pray and passed the word back for all the marchers to do the same. As history recorded--both in words and in famous, stomach-churning photos--the troopers attacked the marchers, fracturing Lewis' skull with a billy club. Two weeks later, after a federal judge had ruled that the march could proceed, a line of marchers that swelled to twenty-five thousand people made that journey to Montgomery.
As a child on Long Island, I watched the television reports and read the magazine articles about the march.
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