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Congressman John Lewis received the 2007 Dole Leadership Prize for his courageous leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and his commitment to creating positive change through the political system.
Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. By the time he was 23, Lewis was recognized as one of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. During the turbulent era, Lewis led by example:
Called “a genuine American hero and moral leader” by Roll Call Magazine, Lewis continued a life of service as Director of the Voter Education Project, which added nearly 4 million minorities to the voter rolls. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter, Lewis directed ACTION, the federal volunteer agency responsible for more than 250,000 volunteers.
Elected to Congress in November 1986, Lewis has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District ever since. He is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, a member of its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight.