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Rep. John Lewis, 'Big Six' Leader

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Rep. John Lewis, 'Big Six' Leader

Rep. John Lewis, 'Big Six' Leader

Rep. John Lewis, 'Big Six' Leader

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In 1963, Congressman John Lewis, representing Georgia's Fifth Congressional District, was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Lewis was recognized as one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights movement — the other Big Six leaders were Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer and Roy Wilkins. At just 23 years old, Lewis was one of the planners and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963. NPR's Tavis Smiley talked with Rep. Lewis about his reflections on that day, and what it means 40 years later.

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