Thank You, John Lewis
John Robert Lewis, civil rights leader and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, sent an essay to The New York Times shortly before he died of pancreatic cancer at age 80, asking that it be published on the day of his funeral, which took place today.
Here are a few lines from that essay, "Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation." I encourage you to follow the link above to read the full text.
Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting into what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.
...I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.
Our beloved former president, Barack Obama, delivered the eulogy at John Lewis' funeral. The contrast between his thoughtful, powerful words in that link and the drivel that drips from the current White House occupant is stunning.
Tuesday, November 3 -- VOTE!