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On August 28th, 1963, over 250,000 people gathered at The March on Washington to advocate for the civil and economic rights of Black Americans. At 23 years old, John Lewis, the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, gave this speech in front of the crowd demanding widespread systemic change. Lewis went on to be an influential civil rights activist and political leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia from 1987 until his death in 2020.