Oct. 11, 2013 | 12:56 p.m.
Congressman John Lewis’ wrists were restrained behind his back and he was escorted into a police car Tuesday, having been arrested during an immigration rally on Capitol Hill. (He was later released without charges after paying a $50 fine.) It was Lewis’ fifth arrest since he took office as a Democratic representative from Georgia in 1987 — twice at the South African Embassy protesting apartheid and twice in front of the Sudanese Embassy protesting genocide in Darfur. Yet none of it is unfamiliar to Lewis, one of the last living leaders of the civil rights era, who was arrested more than 40 times during the historical period. His first arrest was in Nashville on Feb. 27, 1960. He was arrested as part of sit-ins protesting segregation at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, an experience Lewis described as transformative in his new […]