You are here
A Man of Service: An Interview with John Lewis
At age 17, Congressman John Lewis was so inspired by Dr. King that he wrote a letter to King asking to meet him. Dr. King wrote back and sent Lewis a round-trip Greyhound bus ticket to meet with him.
Lewis joined Dr. King and would go on to organize sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters, serve as an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington, and march with protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
In 1986, Lewis was elected to Congress and has served as the U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since then. In this video, Lewis remembers his first meeting with Dr. King and reminds us of the true meaning of MLK Day.
- United We Serve (296)
- National Service (108)
- Education (91)
- Veterans and Military Families (89)
- Disaster Response and Recovery (88)
- Health (68)
- Community Renewal (67)
- Energy and the Environment (65)
- Safety and Security (54)
- MLK Day (34)
- Healthy Foods (26)
- Social Innovation Fund (25)
- Ending Hunger (18)
- Exercise (16)
- Strong Minds (16)
- White House Council For Community Solutions (11)
- Economic Opportunity (10)
- AmeriCorps (6)
- State Service Commissions (1)
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Help improve your community, find your next volunteer opportunity.
- RT @PeaceCorps: Join us & @NationalService Thursday at 1pm ET to learn about #ServiceEmployers & tips for finding a job post-service https://t.co/45ZAXteQIg — 2 hours 14 min ago
- RT @AmeriCorpsNCCC: "Great things never came from comfort zones." https://t.co/h3keyXRtg6 https://t.co/Gv9sD78kVV — 1 day 3 hours ago
- RT @KY_CNCS: Thank you @GovMattBevin for supporting @ServeKY, @nationalservice, and all our wonderful volunteers! #WeAreKY https://t.co/8JeyGjqoBY — 1 day 17 hours ago