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Civil rights leader's appearance at Brenau postponed
U.S. Rep. John Lewis was planning to come to Gainesville
U.S. Rep. John Lewis

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, one of the most significant individuals from the American civil rights movement, had planned to speak Wednesday at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium. But winter weather has postponed the event. A makeup date has not yet been set.

Lewis, who is the Georgia congressional delegation dean, will appear at Brenau during the week celebrating the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Lewis served as one of King’s chief lieutenants during the 1960s for field work and demonstrations throughout the Southeast. For example, he was a key leader in and on the front line of the pivotal 1965 voter rights demonstration and march that culminated in Selma, Alabama, when police mounted on horseback attacked and clubbed the peaceful participants. He is the last surviving member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders who helped put together King’s famous March on Washington in 1963.

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