A Tribute to John Lewis

We remember longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis who died this month. At the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2014, he spoke with the late Gwen Ifill. He also offered up a moving "big idea."

A "Big Idea" from Rep. John Lewis

Representative John Lewis delivers a "big idea" at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

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US Representative John Lewis of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District was at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2014, where he shared inspiring words for people living on Earth today and those who will frequent the planet in the future.

My goal for the rest of my life is to continue to do what I can to bring about and create a world community at peace with itself.
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John Lewis: An Icon on the March

Longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis speaks with journalist Gwen Ifill.

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Longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis talks with Gwen Ifill about his journey using graphic novels to move young people to embrace nonviolence. In the late 1950s, his own mentors, Rev. Jim Lawson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used a remarkable comic book to teach young people the fundamental principles of nonviolent social resistance. Now, following in their footsteps, Lewis embarked on a nationwide campaign to use his award-winning graphic memoir series March to inspire a new generation to take up the fight against injustice in America.

A separate conversation, featuring Congressman Lewis and Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson, can be heard in the Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. Listen here.

You must never, ever give up. You must never, ever give in or get lost in a sea of despair.
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Rep. John Lewis on the ‘Unfinished Work’ in the Civil Rights Movement

If you want to know something about a successful protest movement, Rep. John Lewis is a good person to ask. At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader — who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington — reflected on his experience protesting during the Jim Crow era. He also offered his perspective on what’s needed today to move the country forward on issues of human and civil rights. Read more.

You have to have the ability to speak up, speak out, and get in the way. Get in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.
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John Lewis: An American Hero

Death cannot hold John Lewis to the grave. Death nor time can hold John Lewis to the grave, he belongs to the ages, he is American history – past and present. Read more from Eric Motley, executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

John Lewis Inspired Us

John Lewis was an inspiration — for young people, for our democratic system, for those working for justice, and more. Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield writes about Lewis in Forbes. Read the article.

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