John Lewis to receive the Elie Wiesel Award on May 4 in Washington

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August 24, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis shakes hands with a spectator before he was honored with the dedication of HERO, a mural honoring Lewis, on the west side of the Renaissance Walk at the corner of Jesse Hill Jr. Drive N.E., and Auburn Avenue Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., August 24, 2012. Atlanta-based artist Sean Schwab worked on the mural for 8 days using a 65-foot lift to paint the wall. Lewis was honored by Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and with a special appearance by actress Lynn Whitfield. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

John Lewis to receive the Elie Wiesel Award on May 4 in Washington

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August 24, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga: U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis shakes hands with a spectator before he was honored with the dedication of HERO, a mural honoring Lewis, on the west side of the Renaissance Walk at the corner of Jesse Hill Jr. Drive N.E., and Auburn Avenue Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., August 24, 2012. Atlanta-based artist Sean Schwab worked on the mural for 8 days using a 65-foot lift to paint the wall. Lewis was honored by Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and with a special appearance by actress Lynn Whitfield. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

U.S. Rep. John Lewis will receive the Elie Wiesel Award on May 4 in Washington, D.C.

The award is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s highest honor and will be given to Lewis during the organization’s National Tribute Dinner at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

It is named in honor of its inaugural recipient, Nobel Peace Laureate and Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel.

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The civil rights veteran is being recognized for his “extraordinary moral and physical courage during those defining moments and his lifelong commitment to promoting the human dignity of all people”.

Lewis was involved in the Freedom Rides through the South, lunch counter sit-ins, the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the 1963 March on Washington.

Previous recipients include Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire ; Władysław Bartoszewski , as a representative of all rescuers during the Holocaust; the veterans of World War II; and Aung San Suu Kyi .

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