John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

Author(s) Jim Haskins
Illustrator(s) Benny Andrews
Age Group 9-12
Publisher Lee & Low Books
ISBN 978-1600608490
Year 2006

This illustrated biography celebrates the life of a living legend of U.S. history, a sharecropper’s son who grew up to become a major civil rights leader. Stirred by his experience of segregation and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined Dr. King and other civil rights leaders after graduating high school, and was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote.

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