The memorial services for Congressman John Lewis were held yesterday in Atlanta. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were there . . . and Obama gave the eulogy.
The New York Times also published yesterday an op-ed written by Congressman Lewis on his deathbed. It’s a beautiful essay in which he wrote: “While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life, you inspired me,” referring to the Black Lives Matter protests. “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.”
“When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war.” He also added, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society.”