Students in AP United States History at Chesapeake Science Point Charter School got a chance to meet
and talk with one of the pioneers of the civil rights movement this week. In an inspiring talk, the
Honorable John Lewis (D-GA05) talked about growing up in rural Alabama, how he became involved
with civil rights and what it was like working beside Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because students
had already taken a field trip to see “Selma,” Mr. Lewis’s talk was especially salient since he is one of the
main characters in the movie and the only living leader in the “Big Six” of the civil rights movement.
“Seeing the movie and learning about what happened in Selma is one thing, but to hear how it
happened from someone who was there, and to see what happened when he crossed the bridge on
newsreels was really cool to see. We got to talk to him and it was awesome!” said student Seray Cerezo.
Counselor Darryl Gonzalez remarked, “I had met Mr. Lewis several times before and wanted more
people to hear his message because it is important for young people to know. He is living history and
there is no better way to bring history alive than experiences like this.”
The Honorable John Lewis takes time to point out some of the memorabilia in his Washington, D.C.
office with students from Chesapeake Science Point Charter School.