Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
News Archive: 02/2009
Former KKK Member Apologizes to John Lewis
February 10, 2009
In 1961 John Lewis volunteered for the first Freedom Rides coordinated by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and CORE. Lewis suffered a severe beating by a group of whites during the rides. In February 2009 former Klansman Elwin Wilson appologizes to Lewis for the beating that occured nearly fifty years ago.