TROY, Ala. (WTVY) - It was a homecoming celebration at troy university.
But one that didn’t involve football and alumni.
He's known as the son of Pike County.
U.S. Representative John Lewis returned to his hometown as a keynote speaker for Troy’s annual Leadership Conference.
"If someone had told me that growing up outside of troy on a farm, and years later I’d have an opportunity to get an education in Tennessee, and to become a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., and to be one of the speakers at the March on Washington, or to be awarded the highest of any medal that someone can receive from President Barack Obama; I would say you're crazy, you're out of your mind, you don’t know what you’re talking about" said Congressman Lewis.
Lewis has served as the representative for Georgia’s 5th district since 1987.
Before taking office he was a young freedom rider, marcher and civil rights activist.
He tells us, "When I spoke at the March on Washington with Dr. King, I was 23 years old."
Which is why he is honored to speak to the youth at Troy University.
"You must dream dreams, and never ever give up, and that’s what another generation of young people must do, and make our world better for all human kind" said Lewis.
Another piece of advice came from his years of segregation
Lewis says, "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to say something, do something, to speak up, and speak out.
February 3rd will officially become John Lewis day in Pike County.