John Lewis Editorial

April 1, 2021
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“I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe…Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

Congressman Lewis wrote an essay shortly before his death for The New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral, which took place today in Atlanta: "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." Read More:

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  • “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”
  • “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.”
  • “The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time.”
  • “…walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

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A young man who met Congressman Lewis recited Lewis’ favorite poem “Invictus” at his funeral.

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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