Smyre, dean of the Georgian House of Representatives, spoke about the personal connection with his own career in choosing a position. “The former elected in 1974, more than 46 years ago, draws attention to the 1965 The events on March 7, “Bloody Sunday,” he said. John paid a high personal price for Selma in the Montgomery March because he was badly beaten and thought he was dead. It was because of his courage, his commitment to the fight and his plight that I and many others had the opportunity to seek public service. “
ExploreDescription of the John Lewis Memorial in the Georgian Chapter on Wednesday
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Georgia Lewis is the state capital of Atlanta. The public had the opportunity to pay tribute to Lewis.
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Here is the text by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
“About 85 years ago, the great Langston Hughes wrote about America’s promise and pain.
; Let America become America again
” Let it be a dream the way it used to be
” Let it be a pioneer in the plain
” I’m looking for a home where he himself is free.
“America has never been America to me.
” Let America be a dream dreamed of.
” Let it be that great strong country of love
” Where kings never communicate or there are no tyrants
” For any man to be crushed above.
” For me, it was never America.
” Oh, let my land be a land of freedom
“‘Is crowned without a false patriotic crown
” But the opportunity is real and life is free
“Equality is in the air we breathe.”
About five years after these words were written, a descendant of the enslaved son was born, sharing a helicopter, and the words of the Lord remained in his life.
“Before I formed you, I knew you in the womb. Before you were born, I sanctified you, I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
“And this prophet, our prophet, has called America to be America again. So we gather here today, in a once former fortress of the Confederacy, because this prophet lived and this prophet named John Lewis loved.
“Like many of me, I have a deep admiration for Congressman Lewis and have enjoyed him all my life. I would see his beloved wife, Lillian, when she came to my mother’s hairdresser to dye her hair. She was beautiful. It was obvious to Miles in every conversation that took place.
“I knew Congressman Lewis as the man who worked for the SNCC with my aunt Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. She died at the age of 26, leaving her 2 – year – old son behind. Every time she saw the Congressman, his eyes shone to tears.
“He told stories of how he was beaten with her and sentenced to prison together on Rock Mountain, South Carolina. He always asked about her son, Toure.
“While the Alabama legend, the Atlantic icon, and the American hero, Congressman Lewis may have taken it to let me know to let us all know is important to us.
“And so I don’t think he accidentally visited the Black Lives Matters fresco in Washington, DC, and at about the same time I joined him to promote Zoom with President Obama and the United States. Obama Foundation is My Brother’s Keeper.” in the last days he called America to be America again in his words and deeds.
“I was deeply moved a few days ago when his chief of staff, Michael Collins, shared with me that the congressman is watching the Atlantic news closely and proud of the leadership shown. So the governor, when good trouble continues, knows it is with the blessings of Congressman Lewis.
“And while the struggle for freedom and equality continues, Congressman Lewis reminded us to be hopeful, to be optimistic, and never to lose hope.
” Let America become America again
Lands that have never been before
And yet it must be a country where everyone is free. “
Here is the text of the government’s speech by Brian Kemp
“Today, Marty, the girls and I, along with many Georgians and Americans, deplore the loss of Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights movement’s titan, beloved Georgian, American hero and friend to all who sought a better one. a fairer and more cohesive society.
Congressman John Lewis has profoundly and immeasurably changed our country, and his legacy of passionate service is truly unparalleled. As mentioned, John Lewis, the son of sharecroppers, felt his calling in his youth and dedicated every moment of his awakening to the fight for justice, equality, access and opportunity for all people, no matter what their skin color. Along the way, he created a pretty good name, and the “good troubles” that led to real change inspired the country and changed the world. No matter where you go, everyone knows John Lewis ’name, and more importantly, they know his records as he stands up, speaks, and shakes the status quo.
At home, in District 5, this legendary freedom fighter was the face of a friendly neighborhood, serving dishonestly and openly to his constituents. In our country’s most challenging moments, Congressman John Lewis taught us joyful and firm devotion to ideals greater than one man or one movement. John Lewis, faced with fierce, brutal resistance on a bridge in Selma, Alabama, saw evil and injustice in his eyes. He did not turn back that Sunday because it was based on a deep conviction that our value was given by God and not by man.
His example taught us that by working together and loving each other, we have nothing to lose. And even today, as our country faces a public health crisis and new challenges posed by injustice, I know that the example left by Congressman Lewis, a man who literally crossed the passage to include the outgoing Republican Senator Johnny Isaxon, will inspire us all to do. hard and necessary work to overcome all challenges and prove stronger.
“The congressman said it best: ‘We love our country, we love our democratic society, so we have to raise our legs.’ Sadly for his approach, we should all be committed to the principles he fought for: the fundamental foundation of our country’s freedom, liberty and justice for all. America and the state of Georgia will forever be stronger, freer, and more so only because of Congressman John Lewis, but we must do everything we can to build on his work and keep his legacy alive.
Despite the differences, he urged to love each other, to walk and work together, and to push their state and nation towards a better tomorrow. His leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and more than 30 years of career in the civil service has embodied our highest ideals and we are each – as Georgians and Americans – better than his job. So now, in honor of his memory, we must “move our feet”.
“Let his words, actions and legacy continue to serve as the conscience of our country. My family and all the Georgian prayers are with the family of Congressman Lewis, his loved ones, his staff who worked so hard on his behalf, and everyone he inspired. God bless you all and may God continue to bless our wonderful state and nation. “
Georgia Lewis is the state capital of Atlanta. Georgian State Representative Calvin Smyre talks about a civil rights icon that died on July 17.
Text of the language of Smyre, D-Columbus, California
“To the family of John Robert Lewis, congratulations to the Rotunda of the Georgian State Chapter, where today we pay our respects and admire and say goodbye to the fallen hero, often referred to as the” Congress Conscience. ” . We hurt inside and grieve for the loss of Congressman John Lewis, but we cherish his lived life and his contribution to humanity. We thank him for his sacrifices and all he gave to make others enjoy a better life. In real life, he was a fearless warrior.
“We all have stories of his personal charm, his greatness, the many struggles and the strength of his character. A giant mahogany tree fell in Georgia’s forest of life.
“When I was elected in 1974, more than 46 years ago, I was thinking about 1965. March 7, Bloody Sunday, events. John paid a personal high price for Selma before the Montgomery march because he was badly beaten and thought he was dead. It was because of his endless courage, dedication to fighting, and getting into trouble that I and many others were given the opportunity to seek public service. Historical data show that it was the events of that day of fear that led to the adoption in 1965. The Voting Rights Act, which pushed and paved the way for African Americans to seek public service and bring about the necessary change in the development of good public policies that determine the quality of our quality. life. He always said that voting was so expensive. People have died for our right to vote.
John Lewis, the son of a sharecropper, was told, “Don’t get in the way and don’t get in trouble.” He was inspired by Rosa Parks, whom he met at the age of 17 and a year later met 18-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. Those two people inspired John Lewis to establish himself and find the necessary hardships.
“In John Lewis’s emotional speech, played through the U.S. Capitol Memorial that brought my eyes, he gave and left us a mandate: a mandate to stand up, speak and speak, a mandate to find a way to establish ourselves and make our country and country a better place. “Keep the faith, we will not go back, we will move forward,” he said. We have to keep the faith and that is our moral duty. Never become bitter; never hate; we are one nation. There may be some setbacks, but we must always keep the faith. Never give up; never give up; it is our vocation.
John, in your memory and as a legacy you will continue to motivate us, inspire you and be a solid source of strength. You will be missed, but we will cherish memories and moments. You have left us with many challenges to find answers and certain principles to guide you. Your mark in America is forever established and fixed.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If a person hasn’t determined what he’s going to die for, he’s not fit to live.” John Robert Lewis has found what he will die for: freedom, oh freedom. The loss of John Lewis reminds us never to be afraid of where we are going when we know God is going with us. God, be with you, John Robert Lewis. Good work, thy faithful servant. The work is well done.
“Our Closing Prayer: Lord, we praise you for all who rest and have reached the Promised Land where you are visible face to face. Lord, give us grace to follow in their footsteps as they follow your son’s path. Thank you for the remembrance of those you have called for yourself: every memory will turn your heart from the things you see to the unseen and lead us until we come to the eternal rest you have prepared for your people, we pray through your name. Amen ”.
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