- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MONTICELLO, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Lewis is among the 2015 winners of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals.

The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello recognize the contributions of medal recipients who embrace the ideals and endeavors that Jefferson held in high regard.

Lewis was a central figure in the nation’s civil rights movement. The Georgia Democrat organized the march from Selma to Montgomery, a seminal moment in the movement a half century ago.

Besides Lewis, the other recipients are Herman Hertzberger, an acclaimed Dutch architect; and Joan E. Donoghue, the current American representative judge serving on the International Court of Justice.

The awards are presented annually on Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, by the president of the University of Virginia and by the president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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