Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Lewis drama in Congress taken from civil rights playbook

Bernard Lafayette was all smiles as he watched his civil rights comrade John Lewis commandeer the floor of the U.S. House for an old-fashioned, marathon sit-in over gun legislation.

Lafayette goes back with Lewis to the student sit-in protests in Nashville, Tennessee, to the early days of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Freedom Rides, more than a half-century ago. Now 75 and a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Lafayette said he was tickled but not surprised that Lewis, 76, abruptly pulled this page out of the civil rights protest playbook so many years after their student activist days – and after quietly representing an Atlanta district in Congress for nearly 30 years.

“To see him after these many years still sitting-in … that’s sort of engrained in him, that confidence that direct action can bring about some changes,” Lafayette said.

 

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