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The path from rural Pike County, Alabama to the floor of the nation's Capitol was one litters with hatred, bigotry, and injustice for John Lewis; however, it was this true American hero who helped pave-over this scarred road with tolerance, truth, and compassion in the hopes of building "The Beloved Community." Born the son of two sharecroppers 1940, John Lewis entered a world which subjected him to the harshest times of segregation and souther racism. Over the next sixty-six years of his life, Lewis would dedicate himself to not just the cause of black Americans, but moreover, to the cause of the America which he believed would one day be possible--an America that saw no skin color and practiced its very own creed of treating all men as equals.