Members of the Tennessee General Assembly took time to honor civil rights icon John Lewis.

The program Wednesday in the Legislative Plaza across the street from the Capitol follows a resolution honoring Lewis that was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives last month.

Lewis, a Georgia congressman, is among 15 people who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month. He spoke at the 1963 March on Washington before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Lewis organized Tennessee’s first lunch counter sit-in at age 19 in Nashville.

During the program, he credited his experience in Nashville for “making me the person I am today.”

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