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Entertainment John Lewis Calls Americans to Action in Posthumous Op-Ed: 'Now is Your Turn to Let Freedom Ring'

17:09  30 july  2020
17:09  30 july  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

After cancer: US civil rights activist John Lewis died

 After cancer: US civil rights activist John Lewis died © picture alliance / dpa Barack Obama (back), then President of the United States, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to John Lewis, civil rights leader, US MP in the East Hall of the White House. American civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis died on Friday (local time) at the age of 80.

John Lewis wearing a suit and tie: Congressman John Lewis © TheWrap Congressman John Lewis

Ahead of Rep. John Lewis' funeral Thursday, the New York Times published a posthumous op-ed in which the late civil rights leader urges readers to continue the fight for justice and "let freedom ring."

"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," he wrote. "You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity."

‘Now it is your turn’: John Lewis issues call to action in posthumous op-ed

  ‘Now it is your turn’: John Lewis issues call to action in posthumous op-ed The Georgia Democrat reflected upon his own calling to join the civil rights movement following the lynching of Emmett Till. In his posthumous op-ed, Lewis looked to pass the torch of social justice activism on to a new generation of Americans. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “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.

Lewis referenced the Black Lives Matter movement and reflected on growing up in a segregated society, which led him to activism. He then pivoted to calling on readers to continue carrying on that legacy.

"Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring," he wrote.

Lewis will be honored at one final funeral service before he is laid to rest at the South-View Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday.

The service, which will take place at the Ebenezer Baptist Church — the historic church once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — is not open to the public due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but it will be live-streamed on C-SPAN at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and via PBS News in the video above beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET.

John Lewis: 'Now it is your turn to let freedom ring'

  John Lewis: 'Now it is your turn to let freedom ring' The late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said in a posthumous op-ed that he had been "inspired" shortly before his death by nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.In a piece published the day of his funeral in The New York Times, the civil rights titan recounted his own fears after the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955 and his own path to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Lewis died earlier this month at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Along with Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young, Lewis was a member of the "Big Six" who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. He was also an integral figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery protests, where he led a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma that was met by immense violence from state troopers on a day now known as "Bloody Sunday." The incident, in which a trooper cracked Lewis' skull with a club and many others protesters were subjected to horrific violence, helped raise awareness and galvanize support for the Voting Rights Act that was passed into law later that year. And after being elected to Congress in 1986, Lewis' legacy of activism — which he continued up until his death — garnered him the nickname of "the conscience of Congress."

John Lewis: In essay published on day of his funeral, the late congressman calls for Americans to 'let freedom ring'

  John Lewis: In essay published on day of his funeral, the late congressman calls for Americans to 'let freedom ring' The late Rep. John Lewis called for Americans to "answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe" in an essay published by The New York Times on the day of his funeral. © Tom Williams/AP UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 3: Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., waits to enter the Senate chamber to listen to the farewell address of the Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the Capitol on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams) The late congressman's words were sent to the newspaper two days before his death to be published Thursday, the day of his funeral.


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Atlanta mayor rips Trump over John Lewis comments: 'He doesn't care anything about the history of this country' .
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) on Tuesday blasted President Trump's latest comments on the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), calling Trump "delusional."Trump told Axios's Jonathan Swan in an interview published late Tuesday that he couldn't say "one way or the other" whether the civil rights icon's life had been "impressive" but that Lewis "made a big mistake" by not attending his inauguration in 2017.Asked about the remarks on CNN, Bottoms said she was "disgusted.""Donald Trump shows us time and time again that the only thing he believes in is himself," she said.

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