Steve Yount on Jon Meacham Reflects on John Lewis’ Christian Faith and Legacy in “His Truth is Marching On”

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham explores the relationship between Christian faith and peaceful protest in his inspiring biography of one of the icons of the Civil Rights Movement: His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

Lewis, who stuttered as a child, lacked the eloquence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his courage was unmatched.

“One test of a saint, closely tied to the test of a martyr, is the willingness to suffer and die for others,” Meacham writes. “Which Lewis was willing to do – again and again and again.”

In fact, he was arrested forty-five times.

Lewis suffered a fractured skull when a state trooper hit him with a billy club while he helped lead a march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Fifty-eight of the marchers were treated for injuries.

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SOURCE: Denison Forum, Steve Yount