Heard on the Hill

Lewis Gets NAACP Image Award Nod

Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his autobiography, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.”

This marks the first time Lewis has been recognized by the organization for an artistic endeavor. He was honored with the Spingarn Medal — the NAACP’s annual outstanding achievement award — in 2002; Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., received the Spingarn Medal in 2007. Lewis faces stiff competition for the literary prize in biography/autobiography, squaring off against authors Tom Reiss (“The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo”), Will Allen (“The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities”), RJ Smith (“The One: The Life and Music of James Brown”) and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (“Interventions: A Life in War and Peace”).

A Lewis aide told HOH the pol remained noncommittal about attending the 44th annual Image Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 1.

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