Lewis reflects on receiving Medal of Freedom
February 15th, 2011
05:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Lewis reflects on receiving Medal of Freedom

Washington (CNN) - Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) came into the James S. Brady Briefing Room after receiving the nation’s top civilian honor today. Surrounded by reporters, the civil rights icon described the honor as “unreal.”

He recounted his efforts in the civil rights movement, the more than 40 arrests he endured, and the countless times he was left beaten, bloodied, and unconscious. “I didn’t give up, I didn’t give in, I kept the faith, I kept my eyes on the prize,” he said solemnly. “It’s worth every step, every sit-in, every beating, every arrest.”

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Oh, oh. This is going to anger the Sons of the Confederacy, the KKK, and those Citizen Councils.

    February 15, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. truthspeaker

    Biggest racist in the country.

    February 15, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. coloradoDem

    i wonder if he is as disgusted as I am that some people in this country want to take him and all of america back to the days of police beatings segragation and not allowing the right to vote

    February 15, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Albo58

    Still looking for photos and film showing those Tea Party folks spitting and cussing at Lewis during the Obamacare debate! The press corps really missed this scoop somehow OR maybe, just maybe John Lewis was simply race-baiting...AGAIN!

    February 15, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |