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The American Civil Rights Movement has inspired people across the world to stand up for social justice. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was one of the leaders of that movement in the 1960s. He was arrested more than 40 times, physically attacked and jailed in the fight for desegregation. But he says "there is a unique hostility today that almost seems worse" than what he experienced. He calls on the Occupy Movement, the Arab Spring and other grassroots leaders to focus on the nonviolent principles that propelled his generation: Faith, patience, study, truth, peace and love. Lewis offers lessons on freedom and how to bring about change.
Excerpted from the book “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” by Congressman John Lewis. Copyright © 2012 John Lewis. Published by Hyperion. Reprinted here by permission of Knopf. All rights reserved.