A Conversation with the Honorable John Lewis


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
John Lewis
Center for Public Leadership

2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

A Conversation with
Congressman John Lewis
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 5th district
Nancy F. Koehn (Co-moderator)
Historian and James B. Robison Chair of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
ImeIme Umana (Co-moderator)
Editor, Harvard Law Review
Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School '18
Sheila C. Johnson Fellow, Center for Public Leadership
President, Student Advisory Committee, Institute of Politics 2013

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Congressman John Lewis was presented the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, which serves "to honor exceptional leaders and innovators who have sparked positive social change and inspired others to do the same." After Dean of the Kennedy School Douglas Elmendorf presented the award to Congressman Lewis, the Congressman was joined onstage by co-moderators Nancy F. Koehn, Historian and James B. Robison Chair of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and ImeIme Umana, Editor, Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School '18. Congressman Lewis discussed his struggle for Civil Rights in a personal sense, and took questions from the audience regarding the current state of Civil Rights activism, his experiences in the U.S. Congress, and the future of social activism and reform.