Rep. John Lewis to receive UCLA Medal on April 10

Civil rights icon to keynote fifth annual Winston C. Doby Distinguished Lecture


John Lewis, civil rights icon and U.S. congressman from Georgia’s 5th District, will deliver the keynote address and receive the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, at UCLA’s fifth annual Winston C. Doby Distinguished Lecture. Lewis’ lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


John Lewis has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1986. He is senior chief deputy whip and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He was an architect of the March on Washington in 1963 and a leader of three seminal civil rights marches in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. One of those marches became known as Bloody Sunday after Alabama state troopers brutally attacked peaceful protestors. Broadcasts and photographs of that incident helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Tyrone Howard, a UCLA professor of education, will moderate the Q&A.


Monday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m.


UCLA Royce Hall (map)


The Doby Lecture series was established by UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program in 2013 to honor its first director, Winston Doby (1940-2011). Doby devoted more than 40 years to UCLA and the University of California system, advocating for access and social justice in higher education for all students.


Limited seating will be available for media covering the event. To request credentials, email JP Renaud at no later than Thursday, April 6, and include “Rep. Lewis Coverage Request” in the subject line.

Details about parking and other logistics will be provided upon approval of credential requests.

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