The Civil Rights Movement Of The 1960s And The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

1069 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
While thinking of a revolutionary leader, Congressman John Robert Lewis came to mind. As a courageous transformational leader, he began his journey with the need of equality for African Americans. He was one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In his early mission for equality, he challenged the law and with determination for change but the justice system let him down. According to his biography, despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence and equality. Today, he is involved with the government by continuously making some positive social change. Lewis is a Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia, fighting for the civil and human rights. Lewis was raised during the segregation era, with limited opportunities as an African American. Having a different perspectives of his father’s career, who raised him with a career as a sharecropper, he wanted to make a difference of the injustices that occurred in the life of African Americans, more specifically, when it came to education, social and economic equality. America, having a symbolic flag that implies “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” did not applied to the “colored people.” Therefore, Lewis began advocating for equality after the ruling of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka and hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s…

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