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Gentle Giant of Civil Rights, Rep John Lewis Dead at Age 80

Rep John Lewis, United States House of Representatives 2006

Congressman John Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) died yesterday after a lengthy battle with Cancer. One of the original Freedom Riders who organized the 1961 March on Washington along-side the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis put the Peace in Peaceful Protest.

My Web Page is a Feminist Publication, striving for Women's Rights, but I would be greatly remiss to not pause & pay Tribute to this humble Civil Servant & American Hero.

Much will be written on the Life & Legacy of this Gentle Giant of the Civil Rights Movement that was Rep John Lewis.

Here is what he said, in his own words from his Congressional Web Page:

Peace: The Path to Prosperity

As a student of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, I have long believed that peace is the true way for change. In recent years, this belief has been further validated through studies which examine the economics of peace. Countries which are more peaceful internally and with their neighbors are often wealthier nations.

I believe that generations have forgotten how effective peace and nonviolence can be as an ideology and as a tool. If we prevent acts of violence on our streets, in our schools, there is no need to incarcerate. If we prevent war, there is no need to cut education and social insurance programs to cover the costs.

Over the years, I have sponsored briefings examining the economic benefit of peace and looking at movements of nonviolent protests around the world. I also am a proud supporter of protecting the U.S. Institute of Peace which teaches conflict resolution around the world and is a key partner to the Departments of State and Defense.

I wish I would have paid closer attention to his direct quotes & comments on the recent George Floyd Protest. Congressman Lewis lived through this latest National Tragedy with all of us.

The Country is dying for CHANGE - real Social Change.

There is a right way & a wrong way to go about it.

John Lewis did it the right way.

Rest in Peace John Lewis.

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