Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times:
On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws,
with blows to his body and a fractured skull to prove it, Mr.
Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the
last surviving speaker at the historic March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
More than a half-century later, after the killing in May of George
Floyd, a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Mr. Lewis
welcomed the resulting global demonstrations against systemic
racism and the police killings of Black people. He saw those
demonstrations, the largest protest movement in American history,
as a continuation of his life’s work, though his illness had left
him to watch from the sideline.
The arc of Lewis’s career is simply hard to conceive.
Lewis: “My philosophy is very simple: When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to stand up and just say something. You have to do something. I got into good trouble, necessary trouble. Even today, I tell people, ‘We need to get in good trouble.’”
★ Saturday, 18 July 2020