John Robert Lewis lived a life of many roles. Civil rights leader and Congressman represent his categorical service to this country. Whether wearing a politician’s hat or an activist’s hat, there was a common thread strongly and visibly woven throughout all Lewis did. In fact, but for the titles and specific tasks associated with the particular role, Lewis’ efforts blended well with one another.
As activist, Lewis marched, boycotted, was beaten and jailed as he fought for equality and justice for Black people.
As Congressman, Lewis marched, fought for legislature and spoke up for his district and Black people as he fought for equality and justice for Black people.
Lewis was a man of integrity. He was a trailblazer. He was a fighter for equality and justice.
For decades, John Robert Lewis fought. He never wavered. He was strong. He was powerful.
He cannot be replaced and he will assuredly be missed.
We would only do a disservice to Lewis if we fail to keep his legacy alive. We must do our part to continue the fight Lewis so uncompromisingly and tirelessly took on for others.
Let us honor the man and all he gave us by taking his charge. Lewis urged, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
We heard this gentle Civil Rights Giant loudly and clearly. We shall, through our individual efforts and through collected efforts, continue to “get in good trouble, necessary trouble” until the debt to Black folk can be stamped, “PAID IN FULL.”
Through us, John Robert Lewis lives on.
THANK GOD FOR JOHN ROBERT LEWIS!
Carol's life journey has always been one of service. There have been a number of avenues but the mission is the same. Particularly, with respect to the disadvantaged populations, Carol works to engage, inspire and enhance.