Congressman’s tweet about his release from prison in 1961 goes viral
Posted Jul 9, 2014 9:08 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A congressman who tweeted about his release from prison 53 years ago had an educational purpose in mind.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., posted his mugshot along with this tweet on Monday: “53 yrs ago today I was released from Parchman Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson for using ‘white’ restroom.”
Lewis was a Freedom Rider who challenged segregation and a leader of the civil rights movement that led to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He told the Journal-Constitution he sent the tweet to “educate and inform people who were not even born 53 years ago.”
See the tweet:
53 yrs ago today I was released from Parchman Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson for using "white" restroom pic.twitter.com/9QAI4voo1M— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) July 7, 2014