Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon, said it was “almost too much” to see himself being portrayed by an actor in the new movie “Selma,” which tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s battle to get equal voting rights for all citizens in 1965.
“I grew up not far from Selma,” Lewis told The Washington Post. “When we would go to the theater as young black children, we had to go upstairs to the balcony and all the little white children went downstairs to the first floor.”
Actor Stephan James portrays Lewis in the film, which the congressman said is “long overdue.”
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