A class of Navy ships have been named for civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who participated in marches and lunch counter sit-ins as a college student in the 1950s and ‘60s. Congressman Lewis, who crossed paths with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. In 1963, he was elected as chairman of Atlanta-based civil rights group Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. John Lewis is currently serving his 17th term as Georgia’s representative for the 5th Congressional District in Georgia.
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