July 30, 2020

The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH) celebrates the life of Congressman John Lewis. Patrons who wish to read and learn more about this extraordinary man's many accomplishments are encouraged to seek out the audiobooks listed below, available through BPH. Contact the BPH team at 334-213-3906 for further assistance or to place orders.

John Robert Lewis was born near Troy, Ala. in 1940. On July 17, he died at the age of 80. In the years between his birth and death, John Lewis made significant contributions to the American Civil Rights Movement, to the city of Atlanta, and to people throughout the country—Lewis served 17 terms in the United States House of Representatives.

Learn more about his life and work in audio books produced for the National Library Service (NLS) and available from BPH. Reader Advisor and Senior Librarian Mike Coleman compiled the following list of titles with annotations from the NLS catalog.

Written by Jabari Asim
Narrated by Robert Sams
NF       13 minutes
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Portrait of civil rights leader John Lewis during his childhood. Young John tended the family farm’s flock of chickens and regularly practiced his sermons on his new hen congregation. For grades K-3. 2016.

Written by John Lewis
Narrated by Jake Williams
NF       24 hours; 42 min
Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

African American Congressman discusses the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, its struggles, triumphs, leadership, and champions. Lewis, an advocate of nonviolence, acknowledges his devotion to Martin Luther King Jr. and credits the success of the movement to the thousands of working-class blacks who risked their lives confronting southern tyranny.

Written by Ann Bausum
Narrated by Margaret Strom
NF       2 hours; 50 min
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

Recounts how John Lewis, a black seminarian who became a Congressman, and Jim Zwerg, a white college student, rode buses with white and black passengers through the segregated South in 1961. Describes the violence and hatred they faced to promote racial equality. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Written by Raymond Arsenault
Narrated by Gregory Gorton
NF       40 hours; 57 min
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Narrative of the 1961 campaign by black and white activists to integrate interstate buses and travel facilities in the Deep South. Details the organizations and individual Freedom Riders who endured beatings and prison. Discusses the role of city and state leaders, the Kennedy administration, and the FBI. 2006.

DB 87098
Written by John Lewis
Narrated by Chuck Young
NF       13 hours; 12 min
March Trilogy

Graphic novel trilogy written between 2013 and 2016, traces Congressman John Lewis’s first-hand account of the Civil Rights Movement, from his first meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. to his commitment to nonviolent demonstrations in order to end segregation. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Written by James Haskins
Narrated by Gary Telles
NF       1 hour; 30 min
The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

Recounts the life of U.S. Representative John Lewis, whose work for civil rights included chairing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and demonstrating on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. For grades 3-6. 2018.