Giant Steps (1/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
17 x 26 inches
John Lewis was an activist, statesman, and politician who was elected to Congress in 1986 and served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district until his death in July 2020. In the early 60s, he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and joined the civil rights movement, accompanying King to St. Augustine at one point. Lewis was a Freedom Rider and spoke during the historic March on Washington in 1963. He also led the demonstration on the Edward Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama known as Bloody Sunday.
In 2010, Representative John Lewis served as keynote speaker to 180 people at ACCORD's fourth annual Freedom Trail Luncheon "Honoring True American Heroes" at the Casa Monica Hotel in downtown St. Augustine. At this event, St. Augustine Vice Mayor Errol Jones served as master of ceremonies. The event was held exactly 46 years after July 2, 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.
Rep. Lewis received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.