John Lewis and the power of love
Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis was arrested 40 times in the '60s, and four times since he's been in Congress. The youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington and the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was clubbed by police on the Selma bridge and left with a concussion. As an original Freedom Rider in 1961, he was beaten in Rock Hill, South Carolina, by a group of white men "who left me lying in a pool of blood," he told the audience at the Paramount Theater March 23.
Decades later, one of his attackers came to Lewis' congressional office and apologized. "He cried, I cried," said Lewis. "That is the power of love."
Lewis, 73, was in Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book, and he appeared with John Carlos, the Olympic bronze medalist who gave the black power salute in Mexico City in 1968.