We're here withCongressman Lewis, John Lewis,
who is, um, talking to usabout his new book, March.
A powerful book,a powerful life you've lived.
Inspiration through and through.
People talk aboutthe Black Lives Matter movement
all the time, and say,
"That's not something MartinLuther King would have done.
"That's not howhe would have handled it.
Martin Luther Kingwouldn't be proud."
You knewMartin Luther King, Jr.
You were out there marching.
When you see Black Lives Matter,
what are the thingsthat you commend?
And I guess then after,we'll talk about
what are the things where youthink they can improve.
For many of the young peoplethat are taking part
in the Black Lives Mattermovement, reading March...
We had a young ladyin Louisiana
who read the book,
and she emergedas one of the leaders there.
She, uh... she marched,she got arrested,
and, uh, went to jail.
But when the police officerwas murdered,
when the young man was murdered,
she had a vision for the...for the young black man
and for the police officers.
March is a blueprint.
It is a road map.
It's for now,it is for the future.
We're saying to the young peopleof America
and the young peopleof the world...
You know, in London,there is a...
unbelievable movementgrowing there
of Black Lives Matter.
It's spreadingall across America.
And I thinkMartin Luther King, Jr. would be
very proud to see youngAfrican-American,
young white American,young Latinos and Asian-American
and Native Americancoming together
to say no to racism,no to hate.
That we must disarm hate
and create what you call"The Beloved Community,"
and redeem the soul of America.
And in doing so,
maybe we can help redeemthe soul of the world
and save this little planet.
For... for peoplewho are fundamentally opposed
to, uh, Black Lives Matter,
people who say...
the movement itselfinspires hate--
you know,why are things being broken,
why are there marches
where peopleare burning things down?
You... you werea founder of the SNCC,
which was a student councilthat was specifically designed
That wasan important distinction
that you had to make--I've always been fascinated
as to why you madethat distinction.
Well, we studied.
We prepared ourselves.
We studied the lifeand teaching of Gandhi.
We studied Thoreauand civil disobedience.
We studied about what washappening in South Africa.
Uh, we heard about Mandela...and others,
and... we acceptedthe way of nonviolence
as a way of life,as a way of living.
You know, during the '60s,I was arrested 40 times,
and since I've been in congress,another five times,
and I'm probably gonnaget arrested again
-for something else. But...-(laughter)
but you have to be prepared...
to say, "You may beat me,you may arrest me
and throw me in jail."
I almost died on that bridgefor the right to vote.
I gave a little blood, butother people gave their lives.
When you say that...
there are some peoplein the community who say...
"I'm tired of giving my blood.
I'm tired of...having our blood spilt."
And then there are a fewwho say, "I am going to act
against thosewho spill the blood."
How do you speak to those peoplewho have a lot of pain,
who have a lot of anger,who have a lot of fear?
How do you...how do you speak to them, then?
We must not be afraid.
We must be hopeful.
We must be optimistic.
We must never hate.
As Dr. King would say,
hate is too heavya burden to bear.
You know, we cannot createa society at peace with itself.
Because hating each other,
putting each other down...
And March: Book One, Book Two
and, now, Book Three,
tell the-the story
of how another generationof young people...
I remember so wellthe first time I got arrested
and went to jail.
I was 20 years old,
and I wanted to look good.
We heard we would maybeget arrested and go to jail.
I wanted a new suit.
I had very little money.
So I went to a used men's storein downtown Nashville
and bought a suit with a vest.
I paid five dollarsfor this suit.
And I looked really sharpin that suit.
I really looked clean and fresh.
And if I had that suit today
I probably could sell iton eBay for a lot of money.
The, uh...the movement has changed.
Uh, the world changes.
You were there... I mean,
part of what you weremarching for
is what resulted in the V...
in the-the Voting Rights Actof 1965,
uh, coming to fruition.
Was there a part of you thatthought you had done your job?
You're like, "This is it.Racism's done."
It's an ongoing struggle.
A struggle is not a strugglethat lasts for a few days,
a few weeks or a few monthsor a few years.
It is a struggle of a lifetime.
Maybe many lifetimes,but you must give it all.
And that's why our book, March, is saying
that we must continueto move our feet.
Continue to push and pull.
Not just to make America better,
but to make our planeta little better.
There are people who sayAmerica is great,
America no longer has problemswith racism,
America is done.
There are peoplewho are working against,
uh, the-the Voter Rights Act,
saying that it's no longer '65--
there are no more dogsand fire hoses.
These rules do not need to bein place anymore.
-Why do you still needthese-these rules? -No, I...
I-I would disagree.America is great
and we can make America greater,
but we still have problems.
When you have, um, states--
whether it's North Carolinaor-or Texas
or some other places--trying to make it harder
and more difficult, that'swhy the courts a few days ago
They want to take us back,
but we've come too far,
made too much progressto go back.
I've said over and over again,
the vote is precious.
It is almost sacred.
It's the most powerful,nonviolent instrument
or tool that we havein our democratic society.
We should make it easyand simple
for everybody to participate.
Powerful words. Thank you, sir.
-Thank you.-Thank you for being here.
-(cheering and applause)-Thank you.
I cannot recommend this bookenough.
It is fascinating. It is a novelthat takes you through
a beautiful story. It'sa biography. It is a comic book.
It is a graphic illustration.It is everything in one.
March: Book 3 is available now.