“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.” - John Lewis
John Lewis Yesterday we gained an ancestor.
Rep. John Lewis was a civil rights activist who was one of the Freedom Riders and leader of the SNCC (Student nonviolent coordinating committee) who later became U.S. congressman, serving from 1987 until July 17 when he passed away after a 6 month battle with cancer.
““To those who have said, ‘Be patient and wait,’ we have long said that we cannot be patient. We do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now! We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again. And then you holler, ‘Be patient.’ How long can we be patient? We want our freedom, and we want it now.” - Rep John Lewis
It's because of people like John Lewis and others that I have courage to take a stand in the face of injustice and to, as he famously said, "get in trouble". We are standing on the shoulders of giants. Let's honor them in our actions and how we serve humanity.