Official photo from John Lewis's Congressional website
John Lewis was a Congressman for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, as well as an activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after working tirelessly for over 50 years in the fight for civil and human rights. He worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders and helped organize and participated in many sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and marches. In 2010, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his amazing and selfless contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of those who believe in justice and equality, and who aspire to enact positive change in the world.
This guide from The New York Public Library's School Outreach department showcases books, digital resources, and media that celebrate Lewis’s life and accomplishments. It was compiled by Ariel Birdoff, Shauntee Burns, Amber Certain, Elizabeth Devora, Tessa Hamilton, Tiffany James, Thomas Knowlton, and Kaitlin Weinstein.
John Lewis Civil Rights Leader and Congressmanby Duchess Harris (e-book)
John Lewis: Courage in Action by Matt Doeden
John Lewis In the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by James Haskins
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewisby James Haskins
John Lewis: Get to Know the Statesman Who Marched for Civil Rights by Jehan Jones-Radgowski (e-book)
March Series by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell
- March: Trilogy Slipcase Set
- Print: Book One, Book Two, Book Three
- E-book: Book One, Book Two, Book Three
Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movementby John Lewis
Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality: Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Double Exposure) by National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
Digital Resources from NYPL
This database features reference articles about different aspects of the Civil Rights Movement. Search “John Lewis” for a variety of photos, as well as other articles and primary sources related to his life.
Learn more about American government, including the House of Representatives, where John Lewis served as a Representative for the state of Georgia. Explore the “Rights and Liberties” theme to learn more about civil rights.
Read an overview of John Lewis’s life available here.
Read an interview with John Lewis in Time magazine.
Access over 2,000 U.S and international titles on PressReader. Search for “John Lewis” to access the periodicals.
Use this database to research more about the Civil Rights Movement, as well as other aspects of American history. This resource also features a biographical article of John Lewis here.
Lewis wins the National Book Award for his graphic memoir series March.
Take a look at Lewis’s life at a glance.
Lewis remembers his speech during the March on Washington.
Lewis discusses what the Presidential Medal of Freedom means to him.
Politicians, activists, and others reflect on Lewis's impact and legacy.
School Library Journal remembers Lewis’s dedication to literacy.
From 2016, Lewis tears up while accepting the National Book Award for MARCH.
Explains how to access hundreds of hours of footage of Lewis from the C-Span Video Library.