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John Lewis crowd surfs on ‘Late Show’

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), 76, threw caution to the wind and went crowd surfing during his appearance Wednesday on CBS’s “The Late Show.”  

The civil rights icon initially started shaking hands with audience members after his interview with Stephen Colbert.

But then Colbert asked Lewis if he wanted to “jump in the crowd with me” — and the lawmaker did just that, after teasing a leap twice.

Lewis, who was badly beaten during a civil rights march in Alabama, received a hero’s welcome during his stop by CBS studios. In the interview, he discussed his struggles for racial equality.

“Sometimes you have to find a way to get in the way or get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble,” he said, with a crowd member shouting “We love you!” in response.

Lewis recalled the conflict he had encountered during his involvement in the civil rights movement.

“When I was growing up in rural Alabama as a young child, we’d visit places like Troy or Montgomery, and I’d see those signs that say white men, colored men, white women, colored women, white waiting, colored waiting,” he said.

“I’d ask my mother and my father and my grandparents and my great-grandparents and they’d say, ‘That’s the way it is, don’t get in the way,’” Lewis added.

“I met Rosa Parks in 1957 when I was 17. In 1958, I met Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.]. I’ve been getting into good trouble, necessary trouble, ever since.”

Tags civil rights Democrats history John Lewis Politics Stephen Colbert

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