Third grade students at Oak Park Music Conservatory in the Crawford Cluster had a rare opportunity to interview one of their heroes: Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), via internet teleconference.
The students had been studying his life as a civil rights pioneer, lunch counter sit-in
protestor, and the last living speaker from the 1963 March on
Washington. His exemplary life — beginning with his childhood in the Jim
Crow South and the many things he did as a positive change agent in a
climate of oppression and staggering inequities — is being documented in
a series of comic book graphic novels beginning with March: Book 1
which the students read in Mick Rabin’s classroom.
After examining Lewis’s life in the context of bravery, Rabin
reached out to Congressman Lewis’s office in Washington, DC and arranged
a Skype interview date during a school day.
The students, Rabin,
and Principal Villery were thrilled to finally meet their hero (minutes
after he voted on the floor of Congress). They shared some poems, asked
some questions, and interacted with a person whose entire life truly
exemplifies the meaning of bravery, sacrifice, empathy, and advocacy.
Lewis’s advice to the students: “Don’t be afraid to make a bit of trouble. . .the good kind of trouble.”