Clint Eastwood should make a movie about this great man’s young life instead of wasting time making meaningless euphemisms with empty chairs.
A peaceful champion for Civil Rights and Voting Rights in the 1960s, Representative John Lewis of Georgia was one of the original Freedom Riders and one of the “Big Six” in the Civil Rights Movement’s leadership. Here is a snippet from his biography at Wikipedia:
On March 7, 1965—a day that would become known as “Bloody Sunday” – Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At the end of the bridge, they were met by Alabama State Troopers, who ordered them to disperse. When the marchers stopped to pray, the police discharged tear gas and mounted troopers charged the demonstrators, beating them with night sticks. Lewis’s skull was fractured, but he escaped across the bridge, to a church in Selma. Before he could be taken to the hospital, John Lewis appeared before the television cameras calling on President Johnson to intervene in Alabama. Lewis bears scars on his head that are still visible today.
Sound familiar in this day and age? Watch the video clip from the 2012 Democratic National Convention to hear what Representative Lewis has to say about Voting Rights in the upcoming Presidential election.
Then, if you are eligible, register or double-check your registration at http://gottavote.org, go out on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and VOTE!
Video reposted courtesy of PBS NewsHOUR on YouTube.com.
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