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Understanding the words, spirit of Congressman Lewis
Sabina Newby
Sabrina Newby . - photo by File photo

Dear Editor,

They say reading is fundamental; I say listening and hearing are profound. 

As I listened to Morgan Freeman read the last words of the late and great Congressman John Lewis, I was able to sync with the terms and spirit of Congressman Lewis’s life. 

I heard him, and now I understand his “why.”

I understand what he felt as a young boy from Troy, Alabama inspired into action by the immortal words of Dr. King. 

I understand why Congressman Lewis felt compelled to fight for our democracy because I know the ethics behind what he called “good trouble.” 

I understand his tremendous respect for truth and fairness, the need to stand up against injustice, and why he had to visit the Black Lives Matter plaza during his last days. Indeed, he was a  true leader forged by the fires of social inequality, injustice, and service.

I imagine that as he wrote his last words, Dr. King was there to help him transition over the bridge one last time into the peace he had earned.

Congressman Lewis’s final message instructing us to “walk with the wind and let the spirit of peace and power of everlasting love be our guide” is permanently etched into my mind and spirit. 

Therefore, I promise to stand up for equality and against injustice with the wind against my back. 

I promise to get into “good trouble” by standing up for what I believe, and lastly, I pledge to march on even if I have to march alone.

Rest In Power, Sir.

Sabrina Newby


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