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Civil rights icon makes stop in Springfield

A civil rights icon made a stop in Springfield yesterday to talk about activism and his new books.  John Lewis, a Congressman from Georgia, is the last living member of a group of civil rights leaders known as the "Big Six." Martin Luther King Jr. was also in that group, and mentored Lewis.

Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which worked to register many black voters in the south. He was seriously injured by police during the Selma to Montgomery marches. Lewis spoke at UIS about his trilogy of graphic novels called “March" and the ongoing need for activism.

"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to stand up, speak up, and speak out, and make a little noise."

Lewis was joined by the co-author and the illustrator of the “March" books. The third is set for release by next summer. 

Rachel's reports currently focus on education and equity. She's also reported extensively on arts, community & diverse culture.