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RSF Democratic Club to hold reception for Congressman John Lewis June 16

The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club invites the community to meet and hear civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy.

Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls "The Beloved Community” in America. A child of sharecroppers in Alabama, as a young boy he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. At age 23, Lewis was an organizer of the historic March on Washington, the occasion of King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In 1965 Lewis was beaten and almost killed by police on the notorious Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., near the beginning of the legendary march from Selma to Montgomery.

Elected to Congress in 1986, Lewis received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama in 2011.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for what is expected to be a full house. The program begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m., with socializing before and after. There will be a question and answer session plus one-on-one opportunities to speak with Lewis.

Admission is $15. RSVP required at or phone (323) 365-2811.

With a large crowd expected, those interested in attending are urged to register and pay online beforehand. Cash or check only will be accepted at the door.

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