U.S. National Archives

John Lewis at the March on Washington

John Lewis, then head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, poses with other leaders of the 1963 March on Washington. They include, from left to right:

Mathew Ahmann of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; Cleveland Robinson, Chairman of the Demonstration Committee (seated, with glasses); Rabbi Joachim Prinz, President of the American Jewish Congress (standing); A. Philip Randolph, co-founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and a former VP of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); attorney Joseph Rauh, Jr. (wearing bow tie); John Lewis; and Floyd McKissick, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

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