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Civil Rights leader dances ‘Gangnam Style’

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a key figure in the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, cut a rug “Gangnam Style” as part of a voter registration drive.

In the video, produced by the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Lewis appears with members of the dance troupe Innonim in a short take featuring the now-ubiquitous dance popularized by South Korean rapper/comedian Psy.

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The original “Gangnam Style” video has been watched more than 300 million times on YouTube and has spawned parodies that range from the political to the outright silly.

“Vote, vote, vote Gangnam Style,” Lewis said in the video, echoing comments he made in an August interview with The Atlantic magazine likening the rash of voter-suppression tactics by conservative forces in recent years to the struggles he faced during the Civil Rights Era, when he served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participated in the Freedom Rides across the segregated southern U.S. as well as the three crucial marches from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.

“I am surprised, shocked and deeply disappointed that there isn’t more public protest or condemnation of what has happened in America,” Lewis said. “People are not being beaten and trampled by horses or tear gassed, people are not being shot and killed. The obstructions are not as obvious, but the effect of what state legislatures and party officials are doing will damage the integrity of our political process for generations to come, if it is not corrected.”

Watch Lewis doing “Gangnam Style,” as posted on YouTube Oct. by Kollaboration Atlanta, below.

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[h/t The Atlantic]


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