Thanks, Obama. You gave America hope, intelligence, and joy. Reminders of Barack Obama help shore up the gashes Donald Trump has inflicted upon the nation. The forty-fourth president celebrates Representative John Lewis’ (D-GA) birthday and his life.
President Obama gladly shared the spotlight, in fact, he guided the spotlight of national interest directly onto 80-year-old Lewis. In these days of despair as Trump tries to crush out democracy, Republicans have stood silent.
The just-released news of the sitting president conspiring with our enemy Russia to corrupt our 2020 presidential election hit the country hard. With Obama’s appearance, we are reminded of the good within some of our politicians.
Obama wished Lewis a happy birthday “to one of my heroes.” The representative “believed our right to vote was more important than his own life:z’
‘Happy birthday to one of my heroes — someone who believed our right to vote was more important than his own life. Thanks for making good trouble for 80 years, @repjohnlewis.’
This on a day where Donald Trump conspired with the Russians to steal the 2020 election. On Lewis’ website, the representative included an article from The Roll Call:
‘He has been called “the conscience of the U.S. Congress,” and Roll Call magazine has said, “John Lewis…is a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.’
Lews was “the son of sharecroppers:”
‘He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.’
This representative was a beacon of hope, an “architect” of “the Civil Rights Movement:”
‘While still a young man, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.’
Obama’s hero was arrested over 40 times and sustained “serious injuries” advocating for “the philosophy of nonviolence:”
‘Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. After leaving SNCC in 1966, he continued his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement as Associate Director of the Field Foundation and his participation in the Southern Regional Council’s voter registration programs. Lewis went on to become the Director of the Voter Education Project (VEP). Under his leadership, the VEP transformed the nation’s political climate by adding nearly four million minorities to the voter rolls.’
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