Getting Into Good Trouble: John Lewis Got Busted 53 Years Ago For Using A 'White' Toilet

Getting Into Good Trouble: John Lewis Got Busted 53 Years Ago For Using A 'White' Toilet

Change Happens (If Much Too Slowly) Dept: Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted out his long-ago, self-assured mugshot Monday to commemorate his 1961 release from Mississippi's notorious Parchman Penitentiary after serving 37 days for "disorderly conduct" - that is, using a restroom labelled "white." A founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and leader of the Selma to Montgomery March, Lewis has been arrested about 45 times - most recently last year for demanding immigration reform - on behalf of civil rights, which he calls "getting into good, or necessary trouble," for which we thank him.

 
Getting his skull fractured on the Selma March
 
 
Getting arrested last year for demanding immigration reform

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