Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

February 24, 2017

Congressman John Lewis Visits the UW

John Lewis Featured ImageUW students had the special opportunity to hear from Congressman and American civil rights icon John Lewis at Meany Hall on the UW Seattle campus, Feb. 23.

Rep. Lewis and the co-authors of his new graphic novel, “March,” delivered inspirational talks about the purpose of activism and how they captured stories about the movement that changed our nation.


Rep. Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and widely known for his role in the Civil Rights movement. The three volumes of “March” capture the events of his life: organizing sit-ins, protesting the segregation of lunch counters in Nashville and taking part in the 1963 March on Washington, of which he is the sole surviving speaker.

“There’s nothing more powerful than the marching feet of a determined people,” Lewis told students.

Andrew Aydin co-authored the book, while Nate Powell was the artist.

OMA&D was proud to be a sponsor of the event and also thanks the UW Board of Regents, Office of the President and others who sponsored and supported Rep. Lewis’ visit to Seattle.

OMA&D Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Rickey Hall and Undergraduate Academic Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor co-authored an opinion-editorial about Rep. Lewis that ran in the Seattle Times and UW Daily.

Additional event coverage is available at the following links:
KUOW Speakers Forum
Seattle Times
Columns Magazine

A Conversation with John Lewis Photo Gallery (click to enlarge)

Photos courtesy Angela Carlyle, Emile Pitre and Bryan Nakata.