Video: Institute director interviews civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis speaks with Institute director, Dr. Michael R. Twyman, about civil disobedience, the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

Rep. John Lewis sat down with Twyman along with Andrew Aydin and North Little Rock native Nate Powell, co-authors of his best-selling graphic novel “March: Book One.”  They discussed several topics including civil disobedience. Lewis was in Little Rock participating in the annual Arkansas Literary Festival where he, Aydin, and Powell participating in panel discussion and book signing at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

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