John Lewis

Close Read Passage, 399 words, Biography (nonfiction), Sequence, Level Z (Grade 5), Lexile 850L

John Lewis was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1986 until he died in 2020. Raised in the Jim Crow South, he dealt with segregation from birth—and faced violent opposition when he joined forces with other civil rights leaders who engaged in peaceful protest in order to end it.

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