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WNY Papers: John Lewis Day at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

By August 24, 2020April 14th, 2021Museums & Preservation

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center proudly proclaimed Aug. 28 as John Lewis Day at the Center, in honor of the late representative.

Fifty-seven years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Lewis, chairman and co-founder of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, delivered a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He spoke to the lived reality of African Americans at the time: lack of employment, voter suppression, police violence, and homelessness…

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