Interview with John Lewis

OK tell us what you saw in Africa that affected you.


I saw Africa, ah, as a place of independence, a place of freedom, a place where, particularly in West Africa, and East Africa, where we visit as members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. For the first time, you saw a group of Black men and women in charge, ah, growing up in the southern parts of the United States of America, where we have been talkin', and speaking a great deal about one man, one vote. Ah, in Guinea, in Ghana, in East Africa, in Zambia, we saw people making it real, making it happen. It was a source of inspiration, for us to be in a, in a country, on a continent, where there was a greater sense of freedom, and a greater sense of ah, an appreciation for human dignity.