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His truth is marching on : John Lewis and the power of hope  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

His truth is marching on : John Lewis and the power of hope

Meacham, Jon, (author.). Lewis, John, 1940-2020 (writer of afterword.).


"John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Using intimate interviews with Lewis and his family and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Meacham writes of how the activist and leader was inspired by the Bible, his mother's unbreakable spirit, his sharecropper father's tireless ambition, and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr. A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a preacher, practiced by preaching to the chickens he took care of. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it--his first act of non-violent protest. Integral to Lewis's commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God, and an unshakable belief in the power of hope. Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did--risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful--not in spite of America, but because of America, and not in spite of religion, but because of religion"-- Provided by publisher

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  • ISBN: 9780593400173 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0593400178 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: xii, 619 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 533-575) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Overture: the last march -- A hard life, a serious life -- The spirit of history -- Soul force -- In the image of God and democracy -- We are going to make you wish you was dead -- I'm going to die here -- This country don't run on love -- Epilogue: against the rulers of the darkness.
Subject: Lewis, John, 1940-2020.
African American civil rights workers > Biography.
Civil rights workers > United States > Biography.
United States. Congress. House > Biography.
Legislators > United States > Biography.
Protest movements > United States.
Large type books.
Défenseurs des droits de l'homme noirs américains > Biographies.
Défenseurs des droits de l'homme > États-Unis > Biographies.
Parlementaires > États-Unis > Biographies.
Contestation > États-Unis.
Livres en gros caractères.
large print books.
Lewis, John, 1940-2020.
United States. Congress. House.
African American civil rights workers.
Civil rights workers.
Large type books.
Protest movements.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
collective biographies.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at State Library of Alabama.


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