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5. John Lewis had a similar experience, decades before he received
Thu Nov 5, 2020, 07:37 PM
Nov 2020

a National Book Award.


"Civil-rights campaigner and congressman John Lewis was in tears as he accepted America’s National Book award for young people’s literature in Manhattan on Wednesday night, speaking of how as a child he had been turned away from the public library for being black.

Lewis won the prestigious US honour for the third volume of his graphic memoir March, which tells of his vital part in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. “This is unreal. This is unbelievable,” said Lewis as he took to the stage with his visibly moved co-authors Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Recounting how he grew up “very, very poor” in rural Alabama, Lewis said there were “very few books in our home”, recalling a trip in 1956 to try and borrow some books from the library.

“I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me: ‘Read, my child, read’, and I tried to read everything. I love books,” said Lewis. “When I was 16 years old, some of my brothers and sisters and cousins [were] going down to the public library trying to get public library cards, and we were told the library was for whites only, not for coloureds. To come here and receive this award this honour is too much. Thank you.”...(more)

Those Damn Onions [View all] ItsjustMe Nov 2020 OP
Wow wryter2000 Nov 2020 #1
Make good trouble Bayard Nov 2020 #2
Great point. Lucky Luciano Nov 2020 #16
I've been there. There's a lovely garden with a memorial, roses and sculptures there for him.❤ nt littlemissmartypants Nov 2020 #3
Does it mention that they didn't allow him to use that very library as a child...? regnaD kciN Nov 2020 #4
Oh yes. No white washing there.❤ nt littlemissmartypants Nov 2020 #6
John Lewis had a similar experience, decades before he received Tanuki Nov 2020 #5
SWEET! calimary Nov 2020 #14
Chris Rock said th other day his mother could not go to a dentist. She had to go to a veterinarian Oppaloopa Nov 2020 #26
The arc of justice. yardwork Nov 2020 #7
Thanks for posting. Years ago, McNair's brother narrated his PBS StoryCorps. Kind of Blue Nov 2020 #8
I'm not crying you are crying 😥😥😥 Devilsun Nov 2020 #11
Daggone onions, you got me! Great remembrance, Devilsun. Kind of Blue Nov 2020 #21
Thanks for posting that Lifelong Protester Nov 2020 #24
Yes, indeed. There are not many StoryCorps I readily recall but Kind of Blue Nov 2020 #30
JThank you so much or posting this. niyad Nov 2020 #9
I already knew that story, but it hits me hard, just the same. BobTheSubgenius Nov 2020 #10
There's also an educational program named for him central scrutinizer Nov 2020 #12
Jack Trice Story StClone Nov 2020 #13
Reminds me of that scene in Hidden Figures where Dorothy wants to check out a computer book. catrose Nov 2020 #15
Onions? cannabis_flower Nov 2020 #17
A popular term often used on social media ItsjustMe Nov 2020 #19
Onions cause tears. panader0 Nov 2020 #20
Recommended panader0 Nov 2020 #18
Well said.. Cha Nov 2020 #22
AWESOME plus 1 million...... NC DENVERPOPS Nov 2020 #23
Also a brilliant musician greenjar_01 Nov 2020 #25
I met him while in High School VWolf Nov 2020 #27
Wonderful Story. My hope is that nothing in the future gets name to honor 45. Can't speak his name. usaf-vet Nov 2020 #28
So happy Delphinus Nov 2020 #29
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