33 years in congress.
45 arrests, and thousands of protests.
John Lewis passed away on July 17th. His legacy is an impressive one, and social media is flooded with people giving thanks for the life he led and all of the work he did for others.
There is also a movie about his life.
The following quotes are by John Lewis.
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”
“You have to tell the whole truth, the good and the bad, maybe some things that are uncomfortable for some people.”
“I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”
“You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”
“You have to be persistent.”
“You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”
“I believe race is too heavy a burden to carry into the 21st century. It’s time to lay it down. We all came here in different ships, but now we’re all in the same boat.”
“The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society.”
“There is a need for a movement of non-violent direct action.”
Artwork by Nicholas Konrad