Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
LEWIS, John R. (1940-2020)

LEWIS, JOHN R., A Representative from Georgia; born in Troy, Pike County, Ala., February 21, 1940; attended Pike County Training School, Brundidge, Ala.; B.A., American Baptist Theological Seminary, Nashville, Tenn., 1961; B.A., Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., 1967; chairman, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1963-1966; director of ACTION, 1977-1980; community affairs director, National Consumer Co-op Bank, Atlanta, 1980-1986; member of the Atlanta, Ga., city council, 1982-1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses, and served until his death (January 3, 1987-July 17, 2020); died on July 17, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga.; lay in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, July 27-28, 2020; interment at South-View Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.

Academy of Achievement
Washington, DC
Oral history: 2004, 7 pages.
A transcript of the interview with John R. Lewis conducted on June 10, 2004, as well as selected audio and video clips from the interview are available on the Academy of Achievement's website:

Georgia State University
Special Collection Department, William Russell Pullen Library
Atlanta, GA
Oral history: In the Grace Towns Hamilton Interview, 1977, 1 audiotape.
Subjects include John Lewis.

The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral history: 2001, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of John Lewis conducted on April 25, 2001.

Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral history: 1967, 175 pages.
The interview with John R. Lewis, third chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), includes recollections of student sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1960s. John R. Lewis also discusses the founding of SNCC and its activities, including Freedom Rides and demonstration in Selma, Alabama. Recalls his role in the March on Washington and his association with Martin Luther King Jr. Restrictions: The record of this tape may be read in the repository. No quotation or citation during the lifetime of the oral author without his written permission.

University of North Carolina
Southern Oral History Program Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Oral history: Interview with John Lewis by Jack Bass and Walter De Vries, November 20, 1973.
The interview transcript is available online.

  • Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Washington: National Geographic, 2006.
  • Halberstam, David. The Children. New York: Random House, 1998.
  • Haskins, James, and Kathleen Benson. John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2006.
  • Hill, Christine M. John Lewis: From Freedom Rider to Congressman. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 2002.
  • "John Lewis" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.
  • Lewis, John. Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change. New York: Hyperion, 2012.
  • Lewis, John, with Michael D'Orso. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. Reprint, San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  • Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin, illustrations by Nate Powell. March: Book One. Marietta, G.A.: Top Shelf Productions, 2013.
  • Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin, illustrations by Nate Powell. March: Book Two. Marietta, G.A.: Top Shelf Productions, 2015.
  • Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin, illustrations by Nate Powell. March: Book Three. Marietta, G.A.: Top Shelf Productions, 2016.