Rep. John Lewis: A Man of Good and God
His incredible blueprint for good trouble.
Boy, 2020 is the year that just keeps on giving. And the passing of Congressman John Lewis is just another sad note to this year.
When I lived in D.C., each year our company sponsored an event in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus. One year, I got the opportunity to be introduced to Congressman Lewis. I waited patiently with several other guests who were waiting to say hello.
John Robert Lewis was both a survivor and visionary. The son of a sharecropper, he had endured a brutal beating by police during a landmark march in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, participated in numerous sit-ins and throughout his life was committed to non-violent activism.
He truly believed in the promise of America and continued his work as a political activist while serving in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death.
I watched John Lewis: Good Trouble that looks at his life and amazing legacy. I had forgotten that his activism began when he was only a teen. As a GenX woman, I’ve thought a lot about my role in this latest fight. Where can I best serve? How can we help? Where are my voice and resources most needed?
John Robert Lewis was both a survivor and visionary.
Years ago, Rep. Lewis could have given up fighting on the front lines. But he continued to show up and stand up for his beliefs. Nonviolenty. Steadfastly. Boldly. Selfishly, I was saddened that he has taken from this place, especially when I think we need men like him the most. But as I thought more about it, I don’t think we need any one leader. We need all of us to lead in the spirit of Rep. Lewis in love and in constant search of ‘good trouble’.
I am humbled by his life and will use his legacy to fuel my own way to find a way to keep up the good fight.