John Lewis And the 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

John Lewis And the 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

NPR's On Point with Congressman John Lewis

Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis discusses the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington — and race in American today.

Public events don’t get bigger in American history than the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. Fifty years later, that day, that speech, can seem as monumental and rarified as the Lincoln Memorial that loomed over them.

But John Lewis was there.

At the podium, above the crowd. He is the last living speaker from that epic moment. A towering figure himself in the Civil Rights movement, with a gritty history and a grand, compelling view of what was and what is.

This hour, On Point: Congressman John Lewis on the March on Washington and race in America now.
— Tom Ashbrook

August 21, 2013