Just 90 days more – Is it, it is what it is, or is it?

Last night as I watched the special program on CBS honoring the late congressman, “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” — a collection of interviews, reports and musical tributes celebrating the congressman’s legacy,  I felt like my soul was being cleansed. The helplessness I feel when I see and hear about what COVID-19 does to human beings started easing up a bit. And yesterday to add insult to injury we had to deal with a ravaging storm that left a lot of damage on the east coast. Hope came alive. I felt strong again. The water and powerful wind gusts took my fears with it. I am ready to fight for what is right and for the truth.

John Lewis was a believer and was a man full of hope and joy. I could not help but to sing along with Jennifer Hudson. ( Not that could ever be in her chorus) Her magnificent rendition of one of my old time favorite songs “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” transported me to a time when people knew when to speak up. These lyrics are so appropriate to help ease the pain we are all going through right now:

“When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down”

The program was uplifting and inspirational. Oprah Winfrey ended the program by citing from a letter that John Lewis wrote where he gave us our “marching orders”. We cannot give up and give in. We must continue to fight for equality and fairness. Time is of essence. We have 90 days to make historic and gloriful changes in our society.

We must make sure that democracy wins. We know democracy works. Let us make it work for all of us. Our vote is the most powerful tool we have and every vote will count. Do not let yourself be discouraged or fooled into thinking that one less vote will not make a difference. Deaths and illness as a result of a pandemic that has not been dealt with in the most efficient way cannot be labeled with “It is what it is”. It is however unexceptable. Make John Lewis proud. Make Dr. Martin L. King’s dream live on by making sure the Voting Rights Act is restored.


To honor John Lewis is to continue to make “good trouble”. We are all seeing what is wrong and so we must “say something”. We must all cross the mighty bridge of democracy together. But we also need more like John Lewis to be the bridges. God bless America.

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Note: “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment in association with CBS News. Winfrey and Perry also serve as executive producers.