What do you know about the fight for equal rights in America?
In this text, John Lewis reflects back about his life growing up in a segregated country in the 1940s and 1950s, and how he and other people fought to secure equal rights for all.
This is a memoir told through the format of a graphic novel. Throughout the text, Lewis flashes back to earlier in his life. These memories come up as he is waiting to participate in the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, America’s first black president.
Before we start to read, listen to Lewis as he looks back on what was known as “Bloody Sunday” in March 1965 when many people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
We’re going to watch a movie about the story of Ruby Bridges. She was the first black student to attend a white school as part of an integration movement that started in 1960.
This is a short video about the bus boycott that started in December 1955.