- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Civil rights leader John Lewis is going to deliver the commencement address at Bates College.

President Clayton Spencer said Monday that the Georgia congressman’s life and work “exemplify the animating values of this institution.”

Lewis will receive an honorary degree at its 150th commencement on May 29.

Bates has been open to men and women from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds since its founding by Maine abolitionists in 1855.

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