2020-08-03 09:31:44

Remembering John Lewis (1940-2020) in His Own Words


On July 17th, long-time Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis passed away at the age of 80. The revered lawmaker represented Georgia’s 5th district for over 3 decades.


Lewis cut his activist teeth in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s and was a leading participant in the 1965 Voting Rights march in Selma, Alabama where he and others were beaten by state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”


Perhaps it is fitting that President Donald Trump, the most prominent white supremacist in the nation who has relentlessly attacked voting rights of people of color, battled with Lewis on social media accusing him of overseeing a “crime infested” district and accusing him of “all talk-talk-talk,” and “no action or results.” Trump refused to attend Lewis’s funeral.

In a New York Times op-ed published posthumously, Lewis left readers with some advice: “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.”

On July 30th Congressman Lewis was finally laid to rest in a funeral that featured eulogies by 3 past presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Clinton was excoriated for saying that SNCC went “too far” toward the more radical politics of Stokely Carmichael aka Kwame Ture, “but in the end, John Lewis prevailed.”

In 2010, on the 50th anniversary of SNCC, Congressman Lewis spoke at an event where he began by paying his respects to Carmichael and other leaders in a speech we will feature on our show today. This recording is courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Rising Up with Sonali is a radio and television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience.

Rising Up With Sonali was built on the foundation of Sonali Kolhatkar's earlier show, Uprising, which became the longest-running drive-time radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles hosted by a woman. RUS airs on Free Speech TV every weekday.

Missed an episode?  Check out Rising Up on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling and online at freespeech.org.

Barack Obama Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Donald Trump Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free Speech TV John Lewis Memorial Rising Up with Sonali Sonali Kolhatkar United States

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

"Sportswashing & Greenwashing": Ex-Soccer Player Jules Boykoff on Qatar Hosting World Cup

"Sportswashing & Greenwashing": Ex-Soccer Player Jules Boykoff on Qatar Hosting World Cup

The Randi Rhodes' Show

What Happens When Hate Tries to Win

What Happens When Hate Tries to Win

Rising Up With Sonali

Dr. Mutulu Shakur Freed on Medical Parole After 36 Years in Prison

Dr. Mutulu Shakur Freed on Medical Parole After 36 Years in Prison

Democracy Now!

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Radical Historian Staughton Lynd, Who Protested Korea, Vietnam & Iraq Wars

The David Pakman Show

Protests Erupt in China After Years of COVID Zero Policy

Protests Erupt in China After Years of COVID Zero Policy

The David Pakman Show

Trump Explodes at 2:30am, Demands Kari Lake Be "Installed" as Governor

Trump Explodes at 2:30am, Demands Kari Lake Be "Installed" as Governor

The Stephanie Miller Show

Defunding the Justice Department??

Defunding the Justice Department??

Democracy Now!

Biden Sides with Big Business & Urges Congress to Block Major Freight Rail Strike

Biden Sides with Big Business & Urges Congress to Block Major Freight Rail Strike

Related

The David Pakman Show

Trump Explodes at 2:30am, Demands Kari Lake Be "Installed" as Governor

Trump Explodes at 2:30am, Demands Kari Lake Be "Installed" as Governor

The David Pakman Show

Trump Dines With Anti-Semites: Screams at Kanye, Fawns Over Nick Fuentes

Trump Dines With Anti-Semites: Screams at Kanye, Fawns Over Nick Fuentes

The David Pakman Show

Trump Might Not Even Make it to PRIMARIES!

Trump Might Not Even Make it to PRIMARIES!

The Thom Hartmann Program

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

Will GOP Voters Choose Trump Over Republican Victory?

Proud Partners