NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Congressman John Lewis says protesters of President-elect Donald Trump are justified because of what he said while campaigning.
The Georgia Democrat urged them to speak truth to power through love and nonviolence and not be bitter or angry
Lewis is being recognized with the Nashville Public Library Literary Award on Saturday. He spent his formative years as a civil rights leader in Nashville and says it's "moving" to return to a city that's changed so much.
Lewis began studying at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville in 1957. He and fellow students led lunch counter sit-ins and movie theater stand-ins. He participated in the Freedom Rides in the South and was badly beaten by state troopers while marching in Selma, Alabama. He was arrested dozens of times.