by John Lewis with Michael D’Orso
Simon and Schuster, 1998
John Lewis was a hands-on Civil Rights leader in the 1960s. He led the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, and was severely beaten in the process. He headed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Since 1987 he has served in Congress, representing the 5th Congressional District of Georgia.
Walking with the Wind is John Lewis’s memoir as well as a memoir of the Civil Rights Movement. I love this book not so much for its literary value, but because John Lewis is a courageous American hero and an exemplary human being.
Today more than 70 years old, John Lewis, besides being probably the most honest member currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, is still active in progressive causes promoting social justice and peace. He laments the direction our country is taking and advocates mass public protest through civil disobedience as a remedy.
Besides being one of my personal heroes, John Lewis inspired the character of the Congressman in my novel Compared to What.