The civil rights activist talks youth, nonviolence and the elections

Congressman John Lewis was 16 years old when he tried to get his first library card. He went to a library in Troy, Alabama — about 50 miles from Montgomery — but was told the cards were for “whites only.” “I knew and had an understanding that this was a public library … my mother and father paid taxes. The library should have been open to everyone,” said Lewis. He eventually received the library card – in 1998 when he returned for his book signing.

This article originally appeared on The Miami Times. Written by Carolyn Guniss. See it here.