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John Lewis: The exit of a Hero, a Legend and a Civil Rights Icon

By Bish Johnson

John Lewis; an American treasure who indeed fought the good fight, and got into a lot of good trouble. He served God and humanity well. He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each our world that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote”…. Tribute by Bish Johnson

John Lewis was my hero. He was a legend, civil rights icon of our time and a towering of the civil Rights movement.

My congressman and hometown hero who represented Georgia 5th Congressional District, covering most of Atlanta metro area is dead at age 80.

For over three decades, John Lewis represented my Congressional District with compassion and respect for human dignity. He went to work for over thirty years of his life so all Americans and citizens of the world will enjoy the rights and freedom we enjoy today. Before then, John who was son of sharecroppers, survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.

I am saddened by the news of his passing yesterday night but, I remain grateful for his service to us all.

John Lewis ultimately became a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman. An American treasure who indeed fought the good fight and got into a lot of good trouble. He served God and humanity well. He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each our world that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote.

John Lewis was a defender of justice and champion of right. He was a griot of this modern age, one who saw its hatred but fought ever towards the light, and never once did he begrudge sharing its beauty.

His life-long mission for justice, equality and freedom left a permanent impression on America and the world. As the conscience of the American Congress, but often felt more like the conscience of our America, the conscience of a generations-long movement to deliver on the promise of equal justice and equal opportunity. Now, our appreciation for his life will be demonstrated in the work we do to build on his legacy. So we remember what the Congressman taught us: that we have a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to do our part. For decades, the Congressman did his part and more.

Rep. John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our America. Every day of his life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all. His memory moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make “good trouble, necessary trouble”.

He was an icon who fought with every ounce of his being to advance the cause of civil rights for all Americans.

John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America’s unmet promise of equality and justice for all, and to create a place for Americans to build a more perfect union together. In so doing he became the conscience of the nation.

He inspired us all to bring about the change we dream of seeing in the world. He championed justice and opportunity for all and his legacy is our pursuit of ‘good trouble’ that transforms America and the world.

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