John Lewis grew up in an era of segregation. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., he joined the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. In 1957, John Lewis left Alabama to attend the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. There, he learned about nonviolent protest and helped to organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. He was arrested during these demonstrations.
Lewis was elected to Congress in 1986 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. In addition to continuing his work in Congress, Lewis has reached out to a younger generation by helping create a series of graphic novels about his work in the Civil Rights Movement.