U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights icon died on Friday at the age of 80. The following quote of Lewis offers a glimpse of our potential to come together to create change in our lives, nations, and world:
“I was sitting next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we listened to President Johnson. I looked at Dr. King. Tears came down his face.He started crying. And we all cried a little when we heard the president saying, “We shall overcome.”
And Dr. King said, “We will make it from Selma to Montgomery, and the Voting Rights Act will be passed.”
Two weeks later, more than 10,000 of us, people from all over America, started walking from Selma to Montgomery. And by the time we made it to Montgomery five days later, there were almost 30,000 black and white citizens—Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, men, women, young people.
It was like a holy march. And the Congress debated the act, passed it, and on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law.”