The son of sharecroppers, Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, a founder of SNCC, and a leader of the Selma to Montgomery marches that took protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. One event became known as Bloody Sunday, leaving Lewis badly injured. He was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and one of the Big Six leaders organizing the March on Washington in 1963 and spoke at the event. He advocated non-violent protest and for people to engage in good trouble, necessary trouble to change the status quo.
Lewis was an ordained Baptist minister, who served in the US House of Representatives from 1987 until his death in 2020, representing Georgia’s 5th congressional district. He was the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards, including the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 2001. Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 from President Barack Obama.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.