August 25th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
7 years ago

Rep. John Lewis: Civil rights movement gave us a purpose

(CNN) – Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was the youngest keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, says on the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark event that the civil rights movement allowed young people’s lives to take on a purpose.

“During the height of the civil rights movement, we grew up, we had something to stand up for,” he told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”

“We had something to believe in. I grew up - I literally grew up on lunch counter stools or going on the Freedom Ride or participating in a march,” he continued. “You had a sense of purpose. You had goals: that we wanted to desegregate the lunch counters, the restaurants, to gain the right to vote.”

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  1. Tampa Tim

    It appears that the GOP wants to return to the glory? days of segregation.

    August 25, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. rs

    And it will again as the GOP attempts to strip away the advances of the past 100 years.

    August 25, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Ron L

    THE FIGHT GOES ON, the tactics are just a bit more subtle. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Do not let them fool you, the nation will tear itself apart if it does not pull itself together!! We all need and deserve:
    1) The RIGHT to VOTE
    2) The RIGHT to not be discriminated AGAINST.
    3) The RIGHT to earn a LIVING WAGE. I am not talking $15.00 to $20,00 a hour. Just a MINIMUM WAGE that
    keeps up with inflation!! That would put todays $7.25 at about $10.25. This would reduce the number of Americans
    with FULL TIME jobs that still need government assistance. American tax payers ARE sending money to many of
    these low wage workers in the form of SNAP or refunds at the end of the year while many of these corporations
    and employers are some of the richest and most successful in the world. It needs to stop.

    August 25, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Just a thought

    The GOP/Tea Troll party has a serious problem with minorities huh? They absolutely have shrunk their tent to the size of a boy scout "pup" variety. If the voter suppression and fear mongering about the pervasive voter fraud doesn't work, they are cooked (done / over and out). ....I guess hating young people, african americans, hispanics/latinos, women, and LGBT maybe a faux news and fools perspective, but not a way to bring longevity to your party. Eventually the old angry racist white folks will die off

    August 25, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Donna Coles

    Rep John Lewis American hero, I'll continue to walk humbly in his footsteps continuing to fight for the rights of all, economic equality & justice. And the fundamental right to the vote is most important! If you are not part of the ssolution you are part of the problem! Thank God for Rep Lewis & the brave men & women who came before me

    August 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. CA Independent

    MLK would be appalled at how his fight has been so politically abused by the lunatic left.

    August 25, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |