John Lewis was nearly killed by segregationist forces when he attempted to walk across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in
a now infamous incident of racial intolerance. Here he appears with Jim Zwerg, with whom he shared horrifying moments as mobs
of white racists set upon them as they attempted to integrate transportation facilities in the South as part of the Freedom
Danny Glover Reads John Lewis' Speech
In August of 1963, John Lewis was at the forefront of the American Civil Rights movement. He wrote remarks for
a speech given immediately prior to those of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial which were severely edited and
the original speech bore little resemblance to what he eventually delivered. He chose to compromise.
Danny Glover reads his original speech with an intensity that brings out great passion and depth.