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Congressman Remembers First Encounter With King

Georgia congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader who was the youngest to speak at the March on Washington in 1963, was in Portland over the weekend. Lewis was here to talk about his graphic memoir “March: Part One.”

March (Book One) cover.

March (Book One) cover.

Courtesy Top Shelf Productions

Lewis was 18 years old when he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King asked if he would be the public face of the effort to desegregate what was then called Troy State College, in Alabama.

But he said there was a catch: Lewis needed to get his parents’ permission, because his decision could greatly affect their lives.

Think Out Loud host Dave Miller sat down with John Lewis, and asked what happened when he talked to his parents.

You can hear the full conversation on the rebroadcast of Think Out Loud Monday night at 8 p.m., and online.