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John Lewis on meeting Malcolm X and what the revolutionary leader thought of the March on Washington

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July 20th 2020

John Lewis, the longtime Georgia congressmember, died Friday at age 80. He was one of the foremost leaders of the civil rights movement and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In a 2012 interview with Democracy Now!, Lewis reflected on those days, as well as meeting Malcolm X, the revolutionary Black leader who was assassinated on Lewis's birthday in 1965. "I think Malcolm played a major role in helping to educate, inform and dramatize the need for mass movement," Lewis said. "Many did not agree necessarily with his techniques or his tactic. But if Malcolm had lived, I am convinced that he would have been part of the Southern nonviolent wing of the civil rights movement." #DemocracyNow Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: https://democracynow.org/donate FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: YouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynow Instagram: http://instagram.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/democracy-now!-audio/id73802554 Daily Email Digest: https://democracynow.org/subscribe


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