We lost John Lewis (D-Ga) tonight. I have no words to describe my sorrow or the loss we suffered. So this article will be short. Lewis passed after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. He stepped up to join other civil rights leaders in 1961, when he was one of the first Freedom Riders. In 1963, he spoke at the March on Washington. In 1965, he was savagely beaten by racists during a march in Selma, Alabama. His SNCC colleague, Courtland Cox, said of Rep. Lewis: In the face of what John considered the evils of segregation, he was fearless. He served in Congress for decades, consistently fighting for the rights of African-Americans and for democracy as a whole. He fought for right and justice for every human being everywhere. He was among the best America has to offer. I lack the heart to write more. Let some of our best speak instead. Speaker Pelosi: "All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make 'good trouble, necessary trouble.'" — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2020 I simply have no words to express the magnitude of this loss. This is just too much. Rest in peace and power #JohnLewis. pic.twitter.com/Jrp0JX005w — Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 18, 2020 John Lewis was an American treasure. He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each of us that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote. Our hearts feel empty without our friend, but we find comfort knowing that he is free at last. — Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) July 18, 2020 We learned from civil rights giant Congressman John Lewis that we have “a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble.” In honor of his legacy, we will continue on this path of good trouble. Rest in power, Congressman. — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 18, 2020 From 2015: .@RepJohnLewis never stops. Arrested for a Freedom Ride in 1961. Arrested for immigration reform in 2013. #Selma50 pic.twitter.com/EKtztTzwsf — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 7, 2015 And from Rep. Lewis himself: Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. #goodtrouble — John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 27, 2018 Godspeed, sir. You have all the love in our hearts and your family and friends have our prayers and our well wishes.
Congressman John Lewis called today for courage from the GOP, courage not nearly so impressive as he displayed at Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, but courage they simply do not possess: Rancho Santa Fe Review “Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. A child of sharecroppers in Alabama, as a young boy he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. At age 23, Lewis was an organizer of the historic March on Washington, the occasion of King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1965 Lewis was beaten and almost killed by police on the notorious Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., near the beginning of the legendary march from Selma to Montgomery.” I admire your optimism,Congressman Lewis, but such courage will not be found in today’s GOP. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
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