John Lewis

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By the force of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated South into a thousand pieces, and put them back in the image of God and democracy. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Choose the politics of principle over the politics of personality. Public Relations & Image
I don’t see how President Johnson can send troops to Vietnam …, and he can’t send troops to Selma Alabama. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If someone had told me in 1963 that in 50 years we would see a Black man in the white house, I would have said “You’re crazy! You are not living in the real world.” Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If you don’t vote, you don’t count. Voters, Voting & Elections
In my home county—Lowndes County, Alabama--in 1964 Blacks were 80 percent of the population. Not one Black was registered to vote—Not one!!! Voters, Voting & Elections
Let the filibuster be no more. Let the people decide. Legislating & Legislative Process
Take actions that will give people hope. Management & Managing Government
The right to vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in the struggle for civil rights. Voters, Voting & Elections
The scars of racism still remain deeply imbedded in America. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Voting is the most powerful nonviolent tool that we have. Voters, Voting & Elections
We are still a nation deeply divided by race and class. Discrimination & Prejudice
When I was a young boy I used to raise chickens and I was studying to be a preacher. I used to practice preaching to the chickens. Some of those chickens listened to me better than some of my colleagues now in the Congress. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Which side is the federal government on? Discrimination & Prejudice
I say to people today, 'You must be prepared if you believe in something. If you believe in something, you have to go for it. As individuals, we may not live to see the end.'
I was so inspired by Dr. King that in 1956, with some of my brothers and sisters and first cousins - I was only 16 years old - we went down to the public library trying to check out some books, and we were told by the librarian that the library was for whites only and not for colors. It was a public library.
I would say the country is a different country. It is a better country. The signs I saw when I was growing up are gone and they will not return. In many ways the walls of segregation have been torn down.
If someone had told me in 1963 that one day I would be in Congress, I would have said, 'You're crazy. You don't know what you're talking about.'
If you're not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you're consistent, you will succeed.
In the past the great majority of minority voters, in Ohio and other places that means African American voters, cast a large percentage of their votes during the early voting process.
It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something. Morning
My mother and father and many of my relatives had been sharecroppers.
My parents told me in the very beginning as a young child when I raised the question about segregation and racial discrimination, they told me not to get in the way, not to get in trouble, not to make any noise.
Now we have black and white elected officials working together. Today, we have gone beyond just passing laws. Now we have to create a sense that we are one community, one family. Really, we are the American family. Families, Children & Parenting
The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The documented incidences of voter fraud are very rare, yet throughout the country, forces have mobilized in over 30 states to stop it. These efforts are very partisan.
The government, both state and federal, has a duty to be reasonable and accommodating. Government
To make it hard, to make it difficult almost impossible for people to cast a vote is not in keeping with the democratic process.
When growing up, I saw segregation. I saw racial discrimination. I saw those signs that said white men, colored men. White women, colored women. White waiting. And I didn't like it. Women
When I was 15 years old and in the tenth grade, I heard of Martin Luther King, Jr. Three years later, when I was 18, I met Dr. King and we became friends. Two years after that I became very involved in the civil rights movement. I was in college at that time. As I got more and more involved, I saw politics as a means of bringing about change. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When I was a student, I studied philosophy and religion. I talked about being patient. Some people say I was too hopeful, too optimistic, but you have to be optimistic just in keeping with the philosophy of non-violence. Religion & God
Who gets the bird, the hunter or the dog?