John Lewis: The Fight for the Right to Vote

Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

In 1963, John Lewis’ excitement would meet his life’s purpose when he joined the Civil Rights Movement. He is now known as one of the greatest activists and change fighters to enter the arena of social and racial justice reform.

Lewis became one of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights movement and helped organized demonstrations and sit-ins, all while playing an active role in the March on Washington. His efforts would reach new heights after the march in Selma, Alabama lead to President Lyndon B. Johnson passing the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Khalil Muhammad of Harvard University, Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, and Civil Rights Activist Vernon Jordan, we salute a freedom fighter whose message and activism can still be heard loud and clear to this day.

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• Alamy Images
• Getty Images
• LBJ Presidential Library
• National Archives and Records Administration
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Executive Producers:
• Robert F. Smith
• Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• Dyllan McGee
• Deon Taylor


Produced by:
• William Ventura
• Romilla Karnick


Music By:
• Oovra Music


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