Yesterday America lost a great man. John Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th district in Atlanta for 34 years lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.
Lewis shared the beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King that peaceful protests would change the future of America and establish equality for black Americans once and for all. He marched with Dr. King many times, including the famous and brutal march in Selma, Alabama. His fight to guarantee voting rights for all Americans never ended.
I can’t imagine the fear and disappointment he felt when a white supremacist was gifted the Electoral College in 2016.
Real Americans will mourn Mr. Lewis. No one will mourn Trump when the world is rid of him.
Here are a few quotes from the great man.
“You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.” John Lewis
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” John Lewis
“I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.” John Lewis
This is one of the reasons it is difficult to grow older. I have watched many of my heroes pass. I can only hope that when it’s my turn I will have an opportunity to be in their presence in some manner.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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