Opinion: In memory of Congressman John Lewis

By , Guest Columnist Updated: August 02, 2020 12:08 PM CT | Published: August 02, 2020 4:00 AM CT
Daphene R. McFerren
Guest Columnist

Daphene R. McFerren

Daphene R. McFerren is executive director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

In 1972 in Fayette County, John Lewis and Julian Bond passionately urged African Americans to vote. Attendees that night also saw that both Lewis, the son of sharecroppers, and Bond were just ordinary people intermingling, like “home folks,” with rural activists.


U.S. Rep. John Lewis Benjamin Hooks Original Fayette County Civic and Welfare League


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