John Lewis recalls first meeting MLK and an apology from a Klansman – The Washington Post

“Dr. King said, ‘John Lewis? Are you the boy from Troy?’

“And I said, ‘Dr. King, I am John Robert Lewis.’ I gave my whole name. And he started calling me the Boy from Troy. It changed my life.”

Lewis, now a Democratic congressman from Georgia, who would go on to be regarded as a civil rights legend in his own right for leading the Freedom Rides and the Selma to Montgomery marches, recalled his first meeting with King during a conversation with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez that the department held Friday morning as one of its black history month events.

 

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