- He organized student sit-ins to protest racial segregation. In this video (1:38) he describes how he and his college classmates staged those sit-ins, and how people responded (by putting cigarettes into their hair, pouring hot beverages on them, spitting on them, and forcibly pulling them off the lunch counters).
- He was a Freedom Rider (drawing attention to segregated southern bus facilities) and faced a beating.
- He was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
- He was keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington.
- He helped organize and lead the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, where he was attacked by state troopers after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday.
Most of us pass through history; John Lewis helped make it. My thanks to Rob Kerr (@rjkerr), a respected colleague, for arranging Congressman Lewis's timely and important visit to our school.