John Lewis crowd surfs on Stephen Colbert’s late show

John Lewis crowdsurfing

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is a civil rights rock star. To prove it, he literally crowd-surfed last night on “Late Night With Stephen Colbert.”

During an eight-minute interview, he talked about the recent sit-in in Congress over the lack of movement on gun control legislation. “Sometimes, you have to find a way to get in the way, to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble,” he said.

He was inspired to get in “good trouble” in the late 1950s after meeting Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

“We didn’t get a vote to the floor but we helped educate and inspire hundreds of thousands and millions of people around this nation,” he added. “They want us to do something.”

He said too many people have died. “We have to stop the killing.”

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They talked about his graphic novel about his past. “It make it plain, it make it real,” he said, explaining why he opted this route. They discussed the historic 1963 march from Selma to Montgomery and how he got beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

When asked about NFL player Colin Kaepernick sitting down during the National Anthem, Lewis said he has the right to protest. “This young man, this football player is acting according to the dictates of his conscience,” Lewis said. “We should support him.”

Colbert has had Lewis on when he was doing his Comedy Central show. He’s clearly a fan boy.

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31 comments
J Christopher Matyjasik
J Christopher Matyjasik

WOW.  Reading the comments on this article leaves me...at a loss for how to respond to some of these hateful comments.  All I can do is shake my head and be thankful my heart is not full of such poisonous hate for anyone in the world...and especially for an astoundingly great American and human being.

Wayne Morris
Wayne Morris

John has been passed his prime for decades.

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

Pretty sure you mean, 'relevant', Reginald Winfield. He has done a lot of good things. I may not agree politically with some of his ideas and policies, but there is no denying he is a good man, who is worth recognition.

James Ninth Immortal Propane
James Ninth Immortal Propane

That man stood up to Jim Crow racism and was beaten by white supremacists, stood fast, did not back down and helped make America a better place for people of color. He is an American hero. If you are mad at him for this. I pray God blesses your life with joy and removes the hate from your hearts.

Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher

And he has been trying to use his congressional powers to suppress rights of all Americans since then. A person's life is not defined by only a hand full of actions, but by the aggregation of all of their actions. He fought Jim crow for equality, but now he fights for us to be equally enslaved by our current system.

Arden Jones
Arden Jones

Michael Fisher "I don't know what I'm talking about - and can't prove it - so I'll just ignore anyone who asks me to" - Michael Fisher

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

Marjorie Thomas...good luck in life maybe you will wake up an see the real world soon where we say capitol....an not hood rat ...capita..smdh

Marjorie Thomas
Marjorie Thomas

He doesn't speak "proper English" because he suffered a fractured skull from being beaten while marching for the right to vote.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

MN this man is nothing better than a race baiter who can't speak proper English...

James Ninth Immortal Propane
James Ninth Immortal Propane

your mother was an idiot Flying J lot lizard who happened to catch the sperm of a transient trucker. however, she smoked and drank whilst pregnant with you and that explains your condition today.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

Reginald Winfield...you stupid..and james your mom sure was busy...whew

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

He dosnt speak it cause he is a idiot...he says capita..thats not a speech problem. Thats a idiot problem

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

James Ninth Immortal Propane...your mom did all that im so sorry ..we was told it dripped down her leg...the best of you..

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

Dale Strickland he can't speak it, you can't write it, so what's the difference. The proper "English" way to write it is, 'an idiot', not 'a idiot'.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

Yes James Ninth Immortal Propane...we all know when your mom pulled a train for the dallas cowboys...she tried to keep as much serm as she could but sorry she should of swallowed more than what she did

Shaun Styles
Shaun Styles

Smh, you're wrong for that,but it is funny..

Greg Chandler
Greg Chandler

i would have loved to see him hit the floor hard

Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey

You would have liked to see someone get hurt just because you disagree politically with him? Please tell me that you are an atheist, a Jew, or a Muslim, anything but a Christian...because people like you give we Christians a very bad rep.