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    Remembering John Robert Lewis, A Great American

     John Lewis

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    John Lewis

    Biographical Sketch

    Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," John Lewis dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

    He was called "the conscience of the U.S. Congress,” and Roll Call magazine said, "John Lewis…[was] a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.”

    He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and actions of Rosa Parks, and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.

    As a student at Fisk University, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. John Lewis risked his life on those Rides many times by simply sitting in seats reserved for white patrons. He was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

    In December 2019, Lewis announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although he was "clear-eyed about the prognosis," Lewis said he felt encouraged that medical advancements had made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, adding that he intended to return to work as soon as possible.

    Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020.

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    Virtual Summer Reading 2020

    To help prevent the “slide” in reading comprehension, students are encouraged to read award-winning books, eBooks, and Audiobooks through Overdrive, an easy to use app.  The more one reads, the more increase one will see in reading level and comprehension (McNamara, 2006). The goal is for students to Read! 

    Read! Read! Read!

    Books are categorized by Lexcile Level on Overdrive.  Use the Lexcile Levels link, to find books on preferred reading levels.  Overdrive is provided by Henry County Schools.  All students have access to this resource located on Classlinks found on student Chromebooks. 



    Read eBooks at Overdrive
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    To use OverDrive, students browse the secure website for a large number of eBook titles, borrow books, and enjoy reading on computers, tablets, smart phones, or eReader devices.  eBooks will automatically be checked back in after 14 days unless it is renewed by students before 14 days.

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    Fall 2020


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