John Lewis Pt. 2

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Thanks to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman John Lewis has been getting in trouble for more than 53 years. (4:27)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WE'RE BACK WITH

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

CONGRESSMAN LEWIS, YOUR NEW BOOK

IS CALLED "MARCH, BOOK 1.

" THIS IS A GRAPHIC NOVEL.

ESSENTIALLY A COMIC BOOK OF YOUR

EARLY DAYS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS

MOVEMENT.

IS THAT DIGNIFIED ENOUGH FOR THE

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT?

BECAUSE WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE GOT

AT STAKE IS JUST DIGNITY.

IS THIS LOWERING THE DIGNITY OF

CIVIL RIGHTS BY MAKING IT A

COMIC BOOK.

IT IS NOT LOWERING THE DIGNITY

OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

THERE WAS ANOTHER COMIC BOOK

THAT CAME OUT IN 1957 WHEN I WAS

17 YEARS OLD IT WAS THE MARTIN

LUTHER KING STORY OF THE

MONTGOMERY MOVEMENT.

IT WAS CALLED "MARTIN LUTHER

KING, JR. AND THE MONTGOMERY

STORY."

>> Stephen: SO THERE WAS A

COMIC BOOK OF MARTIN LUTHER KING

IN 1957?

>> IT SOLD FOR TEN CENTS.

ONLY TEN CENTS.

>> Stephen: THERE IT IS.

THERE IT IS.

"MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., THE

MONTGOMERY STORY, HOW 50,000

NEGROES FOUND A NEW WAY TO END

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION."

DID YOU BUY THIS?

>> WELL, SOMEONE GAVE ME A COPY.

I DIDN'T HAVE TEN CENTS AND I

READ IT AND REREAD IT AND THIS

BOOK INSPIRED ME WHEN I WENT

AWAY TO SCHOOL IN NASHVILLE,

TENNESSEE.

AND INSPIRED OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: HAD YOU MET

DR. KING AT THE TIME?

>> I DIDN'T MEET HIM UNTIL 1958.

>> Stephen: SO YOU HAD THIS

BEFORE YOU MET DR. KING.

SO THIS WOULD BE LIKE MEETING

SUPERMAN TO YOU!

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, IT WAS MEET MIG HERO.

HE BECAME MY HERO.

HE BECAME MY INSPIRATION, MY

LEADER.

HE INSPIRED ME TO SAY NO TO

SEGREGATION AND RACIAL

DISCRIMINATION.

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP 50 MILES

FROM MONTGOMERY I SAW THOSE

SIGNS THAT SAID "WHITE MEN"

"COLORED MEN" "WHITE WOMEN"

"COLORED WOMEN" AND I WOULD ASK

MY MOTHER, FATHER, GRANDPARENTS?

WHY THEY WOULD SAY "THAT'S THE

WAY IT IS.

DON'T GET IN TROUBLE.

BUT ROSA PARKS AND MARTIN LUTHER

KING, JR. INSPIRED ME TO GET IN

TROUBLE.

SO FOR MORE THAN 53 YEARS I'VE

BEEN GETTING IN TROUBLE.

GOOD TROUBLE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELL, LET'S TALK

ABOUT TROUBLE.

LET'S TALK ABOUT TROUBLE FOR A

SECOND BECAUSE THE VOTING RIGHTS

ACT WAS RECENTLY GUTTED BY THE

SUPREME COURT WHEN THEY SAID

THAT THE CRITERIA THAT JUDGED

SERB STATES THAT HAD A PERMANENT

PLACE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WERE TO BE

THROWN OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE NO

LONGER APPLICABLE.

YOU WANT TO REINSTATE CERTAIN

PART OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

WHY DO WE NEED TO DO THAT?

BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT SAID

RACISM IS OVER NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

AREN'T YOU KIND OF BEING THE

RACIST?

(LAUGHTER)

NO OFFENSE.

>> NO, IT'S OKAY.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE NOT THERE YET.

WE'RE NOT LIVING IN A

POST-RACIAL SOCIETY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE TO THINK

BECAUSE WE ELECTED AN AFRICAN

AMERICAN PRESIDENT IT'S OVER.

IT'S FINISHED.

>> Stephen: I LIKE TO THINK

THAT.

DOESN'T THAT FEEL GOOD TO SAY,

THOUGH?

DOESN'T IT FEEL GOOD TO SAY

RACISM IS OVER?

FEELS BETTER THAN SAYING IT'S

NOT OVER.

THAT MAKES ME SAD.

>> IT MAKES ME SAD NOT KNOWING

THAT IT'S NOT OVER.

>> I DON'T SEE RACE.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WATCHED THE

SHOW EARLIER.

BUT I DON'T SEE RACE -- I DON'T

KNOW IF I'M WHITE OR YOU'RE

BLACK.

I ASSUME YOU'RE BLACK BECAUSE I

HAVE A DESIRE TO FRISK YOU RIGHT

NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, PLEASE DON'T.

YOU MAY FIND SOMETHING ON ME SO

PLEASE DON'T FRISK ME.

>> Stephen: IS THERE GOING TO

BE A BOOK TWO?

>> BOOK TWO, BOOK THREE AND IT

WILL TELL THE WHOLE STORY, THE

COMPLETE STORY.

I LOVE WHAT MY COAUTHOR AND NATE

PILE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO WITH

THE WORRIES.

IT'S DRAMA, PASSION, IT MAKES

THIS BOOK SING.

>> Stephen: SINCE YOU'RE THE

HERO OF THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL, DO

YOU HAVE A SUPERPOWER?

>> WELL, I CAN MAKE THINGS

HAPPEN.

YOU KNOW, IT PREACH OR SPEAK IN

RURAL ALABAMA TO THOSE CHICKENS

AND SOMETIMES THEY WOULD SAY

"AMEN."

(LAUGHTER).

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: PREACH TO

CHICKENS, THAT COULD COME IN

HANDY.

REPRESENTATIVE LEWIS, THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

JOHN LEWIS, THE BOOK IS "MARCH."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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