Rep. John Lewis Drives Home What Really Matters This Election Day With A Photo Of His Own Civil Rights-Era Arrest

Lewis was one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

Georgia Rep. John Lewis has spent most of his adult life earning his spot as one of the country's leading civil rights activists. He played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s, and later translated his passion for the cause into a career in politics

For someone who has been involved in the struggle for equality for so long, Lewis understands more than most the importance of voting

Not too long ago, women and African Americans were denied political representation, and subsequently, economic and social representation, by not being allowed to vote. Lewis and many others fought hard to extend that right to vote to all Americans, and in this election, it seems even more crucial that it is exercised.

On Thursday, with the election a mere handful of days away, Lewis tweeted a well-known image from the Civil Rights Movement as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices many have given for Americans to gain the right to vote. It was an iconic photo of Lewis himself being hauled away by the police from decades ago, arrested during a protest for equal rights. 

As politicians make efforts to boost voter turnout among different demographics, Lewis' reminder is yet another reminder of why casting your ballot is so critical. 

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