WASHINGTON - JANUARY 18:  Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks after receiving the Drum Major Award at the fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Realizing the Dream Awards event on January 18, 2009 in Washington D.C. Rep. Lewis the only one of four recipients who could attend the event.The Realizing the Dream Awards are given to five people whose lives and work embody the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Founded by Martin Luther King III, Realizing the Dream was originally conceived as an annual event to commemorate the King Holiday. It later became a national nonprofit organization dedicated to carrying on the work embodied in the legacies of his parents, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

John Lewis


John Lewis, a famous politician and civil rights leader, has served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district since 1987. He is also the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. He is the only living “Big Six” leader of the American Civil Rights Movement and he has played a major role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation. Lewis has held the position of Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2007 and has been on the team since 1991. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)