Plenty of Democrats have worked the television talk show circuit but few can boast that they’ve actually crowd surfed during an appearance. But these Democrat politicans sure do feel at home in limelight don’t they?
Rep. John Lewis did just that, jumping into the audience during his visit Wednesday on CBS’s “The Late Show.”
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The 76 year-old civil rights icon was shaking hands with members of the audience when host Stephen Colbert asked if he wanted to “jump in the crowd with me.” Surprisingly, the Georgia Democrat did, much to the excitement of adoring fans.
During his interview, Lewis, who was badly beaten in a 1965 civil rights march in Alabama, recalled his struggles for racial equality growing up.
“Sometimes you have to find a way to get in the way or get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble,” he told Colbert.
“When I was growing up in rural Alabama as a young child, we’d visit places like Troy or Montgomery and I’d see those signs that say, ‘white men, colored men, white women, colored women, white waiting, colored waiting,’” he said. “I’d ask my mother and my father and my grandparents and my great-grandparents and they’d say, ‘that’s the way it is, don’t get in the way.”
Lewis mentioned meeting civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during those years.
“I met Rosa Parks in 1957 when I was 17. In 1958, I met Dr. King,” Lewis recalled. “I’ve been getting into good trouble, necessary trouble, ever since.”
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