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Great Conversations features Congressman John Lewis and Rachel Maddow

For Release: 2013-10-21 10:09:00

On the next Great Conversations, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, author of the recent graphic novel March, a first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, is interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Great Conversations: Congressman John Lewis and Rachel Maddow airs Monday, Nov. 4 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.

As Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and an American icon, Lewis was one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. In front of a live audience at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Lewis discusses his experiences as a Freedom Rider in the 1960s and his continuing efforts to work for voting and other rights. He speaks eloquently about the role of faith in his life, his belief in nonviolence, and the need for all citizens to speak out on issues important to them.

The congressman was just 23 years old when he delivered one of the keynote speeches at the 1963 March on Washington. Since then, Lewis has faced many dangerous situations and violent attacks as an activist. Now 73, Lewis jokes with Maddow about the number of times he has been arrested during protests (45 and counting).

Lewis also talks about why he turned to the comic book/graphic novel format in order to share his story with new generations. March is a vivid first-hand account of his struggle for civil and human rights, including his key roles in the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. Though some of his staff members were skeptical, Lewis went ahead with the book and now even enjoys visiting the world-famous comic book convention, Comic-Con.

Maddow is the host of MSNBC’s primetime news and information program The Rachel Maddow Show, which debuted in September 2008 and was the most successful show launch in MSNBC history. It was named one of the top shows of the decade by The Washington Post in 2009. Maddow was also named a "Breakout Star of 2008" by The Washington Post, and she was named one of the "Top Ten Political Newcomers of 2008" by

The program was recorded at Lewis’ recent appearance at the Kentucky Author Forum in Louisville. Great Conversations: Congressman John Lewis and Rachel Maddow is a KET production. Producer-director is Tom Bickel, and executive producer is Teresa Day. Kentucky Author Forum is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum and sponsored by the University of Louisville, in partnership with Brown-Forman and The Humana Foundation.

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Contact: Abby Malik



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