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John Lewis

Hear Kirkland Hall bell ring in honor of Lewis

Jul. 31, 2020—The bell in Kirkland Hall’s historic clock tower rang 80 times on July 30 in honor of Civil Rights icon John Lewis, who died July 17 at the age of 80.

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Learn about life and work of John Lewis in two titles from Vanderbilt University Press

Jul. 24, 2020—The late Civil Rights icon John Lewis is featured in two recent publications available from Vanderbilt University Press commemorating the Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Vanderbilt Law’s Social Justice Program named for renowned civil rights attorney George Barrett

Aug. 26, 2015—The newly named George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt Law School pays tribute to the late civil rights attorney through a generous gift to endow the program by 1993 alumnus Darren Robbins.

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U.S. Congressman John Lewis delivers MLK Day keynote

Jan. 16, 2012—Civil rights legend U.S. Congressman John Lewis delivered the keynote address at Vanderbilt University’s commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16. The theme for Vanderbilt’s commemoration is “Fostering the Beloved Community,” which will carry through to Lewis’ address. Inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery bus boycott and the words...

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U.S. Congressman John Lewis to speak at Vanderbilt University’s MLK Day commemoration

Jan. 3, 2012—U.S. Congressman and legendary civil rights activist John Lewis will deliver the keynote address Jan. 16 at an event commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Ride for freedom – 50 years later

May. 17, 2011—In 2007, Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff retraced the 1961 Freedom Rides with some of the original Freedom Riders as they traveled to Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala. Among the participants was Congressman John Lewis, Diane Nash, Bernard Lafayette, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Jim Zwerg, John Seigenthaler and the Rev. James Lawson. More than four decades...

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