14. John Lewis

John Lewis
Photograph by Audra Melton

Focus Politics, Activism
Age 75
John Lewis is in the midst of a victory lap right now. The longtime Democratic congressman, the last of the surviving “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement, has spent the past several years honoring the legacy of the Selma march, paying tribute to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and occasionally joining in nonviolent protests—he was last arrested in 2013. Although Lewis is in his 15th term in Congress, he shows no signs of slowing down. His current goal is to restore voting rights laws gutted two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.

March on Lewis is helping pen a trilogy of graphic novels, appropriately titled March, that recount his role in the civil rights movement.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.