“A Legacy Of Good Trouble”
Small in stature, but yet a humble giant, a man that made a difference in the world until the day he died. Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Robert Lewis died on July 17, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 80 after a courageous fight with cancer. Rep. Lewis was indeed more than an Icon of the civil rights movement, he was a true representative of the past and the present in civil rights. As the saying goes, he not only talked the talk…he walked the walk. August 28, 1963, was another time when Lewis transformed words into action, it was then at the age of 23 he became the youngest speaker at the historic March on Washington where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a Dream speech”. The rest is history. He is remembered as one of Americas Greatest Leaders who worked to bring healing to a nation through real action and selfless deeds.
One man, One vote – Rep. John Lewis on the right to vote
John Lewis Quotes
“I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation. Get in and stay in the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete.”
— Given At the 1963 March on Washington
“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”
— Taken From his 2017 memoir, “Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America”
“When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, ‘What did you do? What did you say?’ For some, this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.”
— Words Spoken in the House on the impeachment of President Donald Trump in December of 2019.
“Dr. King and others inspired me to get in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. And I think we’re going to have generations for years to come that will be prepared to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. And lead us to higher heights. It’s a struggle that doesn’t last one day, one week, one month, one year. It is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe lifetimes.”
— Rep. John Lewis