John Lewis: The Role of Nonviolence in the Struggle for Liberation

Time: Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

US Congressman John Lewis gave the PRIO Annual Peace Address 2011. Lewis has been a Member of the US House of Representatives for the Fifth congressional district in Georgia since 1987. He was a prominent leader in the nonviolent civil rights movement in the early 1960s and President Obama has recognized his role as a source of inspiration. In February 2011 John Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US public award for civilian service.

Comments were provided by Kathleen Cunningham, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and Henrik Syse, Senior Researcher at PRIO.