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John Lewis' Funeral...watch it?

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30 July 2020, 06:22 PM
BeeLady
John Lewis' Funeral...watch it?
The bene's of working at home with no Zoom meetings today meant I could have it on.

All the speakers were so heartfelt...Clinton did his usual...going on longer than he should have...But I was waiting for Obama...He called it all out...Loved it.

And the other I loved was the almost 90 friend Xernona Clayton who told the story of how she fixed him up with her friend and arranged their wedding...It was funny, loving, oh so sweet.. Yes

The music gave me chills...

Did you watch?

I could not bring myself to hang the stars and stripes this 4th....today I was inspired to order a VOTE flag to hang proudly in front of my home in honor of Mr. Lewis.


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that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

30 July 2020, 06:24 PM
wtg
I watched much of it.

His legacy is remarkable.


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30 July 2020, 06:31 PM
DaleH
I missed the first 30 minutes or so, but watched the rest. My favorites: Rev. James Lawson (activist and non-violence proponent), Jamila Thompson (deputy chief of staff for Rep. Lewis), and Obama.
Biggest surprise: my almost warm feelings for George W. Bush and appreciation of his remarks.
30 July 2020, 07:39 PM
jon-nyc
All I can say is find the 40 minutes and watch Obama’s speech. Remarkable.


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30 July 2020, 07:45 PM
jon-nyc
I want to find the Bush and Clinton speeches too. I’ve only seen small excerpts.


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30 July 2020, 07:49 PM
LL
Got some of it. Not the first to pres. Except later clips. Watched all of OBama. So nice to hear someone coherent again.

And then...HE had to come on and mumble bumble... ugh.


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30 July 2020, 08:05 PM
wtg
quote:
Originally posted by jon-nyc:
I want to find the Bush and Clinton speeches too. I’ve only seen small excerpts.


Obama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdTKO5OLU3U

Clinton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD0nBGqhdgE

Bush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwvvt_mzV_Q


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30 July 2020, 09:09 PM
Daniel
Yeah, me too. Obama's speech is excellent. I only watched the beginning so far and have learned a lot.
30 July 2020, 10:01 PM
CHAS
quote:
Originally posted by jon-nyc:
All I can say is find the 40 minutes and watch Obama’s speech. Remarkable.



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30 July 2020, 10:10 PM
BeeLady
I LOVED that Obama called out the current administration...He didn't utter the name but he did call out the injustices...and a call to action. Yes

And I found it. Xernona Clayton's remarks. Smiler


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

30 July 2020, 10:32 PM
Steve Miller
Very, very impressive. All three of them.

Where is Spanky?


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31 July 2020, 09:24 AM
wtg
quote:
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

By John Lewis

Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.

July 30, 2020


While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/0...-rights-america.html


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