Monday, January 21, 2013

Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis Forgives 1961 Attacker

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), one of the leaders of the civil rights movement, was attacked and suffered a fractured skull on May 9, 1961, in a whites-only Rock Hill bus station waiting room. In February 2009, his attacker, Elwin Wilson, apologized to the Congressman, who forgave him. Their reconciliation represents, as Rep. Lewis puts it, "the power of love" epitomized by the man whose legacy we honor today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch their moving story:



Lewis and Wilson also thoughtfully reflected on their experience during an appearance on CNN:

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