Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used his speech to connect President Obama’s historic election to the movement that ended Jim Crow — and said Republican efforts to suppress the vote were also a throwback to that era.
“I’ve seen this before,” he said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. “I’ve lived this before. Too many people struggled, suffered and died to make it possible for every American to exercise their right to vote.”
Obama’s race is rarely discussed much by his campaign these days, but Lewis offered a rare departure, describing the pride he felt in Obama’s election as someone who suffered brutal violence while protesting discriminatory laws in the South.
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