Born: 1940 February 21 in Troy, Alabama, United States

Died: 2020 July 17 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Biography: John Lewis was an American Civil Rights leader who became first known while participating in the Nashville student cafeteria sit-ins in 1960 in an effort to desegregate department store lunch counters; he was a rider on the 1961 Freedom Rides; Lewis spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963; and he was the Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.

Lewis suffered a skull fracture as a marcher trying to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965 (known as Bloody Sunday); he was a member of the Atlanta, Georgia City Council from 1981 to 1986; and Lewis was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to his death in 2020.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama in 2010.

John Lewis wrote (aided by co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell) about his life and the Civil Rights Movement in the comic book triology March (Top Shelf, 2013 series) which was published from 2013 to 2016.

Notes: Not be confused with the creator of Bleu Horn (Lewis Studios, 1993 Series).


    John Lewis Type: Common Alternative Name

Other Names:

  1. John R. Lewis Type: Common Alternative Name
  2. John Robert Lewis Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: John Robert Family name: Lewis


  1. 2016: National Book Awards (U.S.) - Young People's Literature
  2. 2017: Inkpot Award - [no name]