Civil Rights Leader John Lewis to Keynote Pulitzer Centennial Event Hosted by Poynter Institute

Lewis' appearance part of two-day program, "Voices of Social Justice and Equality," March 31-April 1

Nov 20, 2015, 14:40 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a legendary Civil Rights leader and an organizer of the Selma Bridge March in 1965, will keynote the Pulitzer Prize centennial on "The Voices of Social Justice and Equality," hosted by The Poynter Institute on March 31, 2016.

As a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Lewis served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), coordinated voter registration programs and played a key role in organizing sit-ins and demonstrations. Lewis was among the marchers who were attacked crossing Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in the confrontation with Alabama state troopers that became known as "Bloody Sunday."

"John Lewis is the perfect keynoter for an event that celebrates not only a courageous history but also the abiding need for insightful journalism about civil rights and social justice," said Mike Pride, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University.

"The Voices of Social Justice and Equality" is the first of four signature events commissioned by the Pulitzer Prizes in honor of its Centennial. The two-day Poynter event, March 31-April 1, 2016, will highlight the achievements of journalists and others who produced Pulitzer Prize-winning work in the service of civil rights, social equality and democracy.

Lewis will deliver the keynote address at the main Poynter event on Thursday, March 31, at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Florida. Through photography, fine arts, live music and dance performances, the work of Civil Rights-era Pulitzer Prize winners will be showcased.

The following day, Friday, April 1, 2016, Poynter teachers and invited experts will lead a series of workshops designed to enlighten and inspire the next generation of Pulitzer winners. About 20 former Pulitzer Prize winners will be joining the two-day program.

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