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John Lewis: Civil Rights Icon (Grade 9)

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John Lewis: Civil Rights Icon

Fill in the blanks to complete this quote from John Lewis: "My philosophy is very simple: When you see something that is not                 , not               , not               , you have to                       , you have to             , you have to            something."
John Lewis said as a teen he was inspired by the actions of                            and the words of                                                                     .
With whom did an 18-year-old John Lewis meet, an encounter which would change the course of his life?

In what city in 1965, did 25-year-old John Lewis help lead a march for voting rights for African Americans -- a march in which he and many others were brutally beaten by heavily armed state and local police?
  1. Memphis, Tennessee
  2. Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Selma, Alabama
  4. Montgomery, Alabama
"They came forward, beating us with nightsticks, tramping us with horses, releasing the tear gas. I was hit in the head by a state trooper with a night stick. My legs went from under me. I thought I was going to die," said John Lewis when describing the confrontation with police on the Pettus Bridge in Selma on March 7, 1965 -- a date that will forever be known as what?

Why is it ironic that many people today are calling for the Edmund Pettus bridge -- on which the infamous confrontation between Alabama State Police and marchers led by John Lewis occurred -- to be renamed for Lewis?

John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.
  1. True
  2. False
John Lewis was born in 1940 in what state?
  1. Georgia
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Alabama
What kind of work did John Lewis' parents do?
  1. They were teachers.
  2. His father was a bus driver; his mother was a telephone operator.
  3. They were sharecroppers.
  4. They were domestic servants.
Where was John Lewis educated?
  1. Harvard University
  2. Tuskegee University
  3. Fisk University
  4. Howard University
John Lewis was a member of Congress from the state of
  1. Alabama.
  2. Mississippi.
  3. Texas.
  4. Georgia.
How long did John Lewis serve in Congress?
  1. 6 months
  2. 6 years
  3. 25 years
  4. 33 years
What was John Lewis' party affiliation?
  1. Democratic
  2. Republican
  3. Independent
  4. Libertarian
In 2011, John Lewis was given the highest honor awarded to civilians by the U.S. Government -- the Medal of Freedom -- by what president?
  1. Barack Obama
  2. Bill Clinton
  3. George W. Bush
  4. George H.W. Bush
How old was John Lewis when he died in July 2020?
  1. 75
  2. 80
  3. 85
  4. 90

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