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2 events to host Civil Rights leader

Samson X Horne
| Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 11:35 p.m.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), participates in a discussion with other members of Congress on the state of voting rights in America, on Capitol Hill Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington.
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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), participates in a discussion with other members of Congress on the state of voting rights in America, on Capitol Hill Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington.

A Sewickley arts center will team with a Downtown museum to bring a longtime Georgia congressman to the area Oct. 8 to discuss his role in the Civil Rights movement.

The Sweetwater Center for the Arts and ToonSeum, which features comic and cartoon art, will present two events featuring U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

He will discuss his life experiences, which were outlined in “March,” a bestselling trilogy of graphic novels depicting the Civil Rights era.

Lewis, 76, was recognized as one of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights movement through his work coordinating voter registration drives and sit-ins as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

He was a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and, with Hosea Williams, and led 600 protesters over the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., a protest that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

He endured physical attacks and injuries and was arrested more than 40 times during the movement.

As part of Sewickley Academy's 2016 Sewickley Series, Lewis will be accompanied by co-author Andrew Ayden and illustrator Nate Powell for an appearance from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sewickley Academy Rea Auditorium, 315 Academy Ave., Edgeworth. The event features a cocktail reception, live music, a book signing and a lecture by the authors; tickets are $50.

Lewis will appear at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown, from 2 to 4 p.m. in a free event hosted by ToonSeum staff.

For more information, call 412-741-4405 or visit sweetwaterartcenter.org/congressman-john-lewis/.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7845 or shorne@tribweb.com.

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