Congressman John Lewis, legend of the Civil Rights movement, a leader of the 1963 March on Washington, and an icon for grassroots organizers for more than five decades, died on July 17, 2020, in the midst of another widespread uprising for racial justice in the U.S.
He had remained a towering figure in American politics long after the sit-ins, protests, and freedom rides of the 1950s and 1960s; long after he almost died crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, on what came to be known as Bloody Sunday. As a Democratic congressman representing Georgia, Lewis sponsored bills supporting gender and LGBTQ equality, was a proponent of immigration and gun reform, and never stopped engaging in civil protest for each of those causes.
“Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble,… Read More