We mourn. We have lost a powerhouse public servant and civil rights activist in John Lewis. He stood by the great leaders of history from MLK Jr to Barack Obama. I have always been proud to live in Atlanta and in his congressional 5th district. I live minutes from his mural that lovingly sits in Auburn. Thank you for reminding us daily why we fight and why we persist. He will be missed by those who knew him and those who didn’t.
“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.”
Tributes to John Lewis
To watch: John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)
Synopsis: An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career.
After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020
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