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Eighty-six days – What Good Trouble are You Making?


‘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.” – Late Congressman John R. Lewis

 

I finally read the entire OpEd written by John Lewis shortly before his death. It brought back Dr. Martin l. King’s last prophetic speech where he said, “I have seen the promise land; I  may not get there with you but I want you to know we as a people will get to the promise land.”

We cannot let the words of these two great men be erased from our history and most importantly from our collective conscience. We need to make sure that their dreams live on. We must exercise our right to vote and to make sure our country is under the leadership of intelligent, truthful and empathetic men and women.

I pray that COVID 19 does not continue to kill so many vulnerable Americans. I pray that I see the change in my lifetime. I pray that I can be a part of the change. We have 86 days to think about what is at stake. It is time to think big like one of my wonderful teachers used to say. He would challenge us everyday with this: “let me see how shrewd you are.” This continues to resonate in my mind.

Of course I just had to write a poem about it. Here it is.

Let me see how shrewd you are,

he’d ask us every morning.

We all knew he expected

from all of us to be

the best that we could be.

He wanted us to see

from all different perspectives.

 

He’d write a quote on the board

and made us think real hard

His methods some would say were a little avant-garde

He had a domineering voice

Everyone had to opine

We did not have a choice.

His quoted people from all walks of life;

usually someone he admired

for their leadership and courage.

 

Everyone loved him

He made learning fun and adventurous

Not once did we get tired

of how vociferous

he was.

If Mr. G is still around

I hope he knows he made good trouble

when he told us

to always stand our ground.

 

 

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.

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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.

Ninety-Five Days – There is Hope


Yesterday a great civil rights leader and congressman was laid to rest. John Lewis inspired Tybre Faw, who met the late congressman at a Selma march in 2018. He recited one of his favorite poems at Lewis’ memorial service. I watched him give a few interviews right after the service. He moved me so deeply with his gentle maturity. My mother would have called him an old soul. I was energized and inspired by this young man. He definitely has the making of a true leader. He is a leader. He gave me hope. He asked us to make “Good trouble”. So, on this day that marks ninety-five days until our elections, I am ready to take the challenge. This young man and all children and young people in this country right now need for us to make “Good trouble”. Watch the clip and notice his humility and deep emotion.

Hope Matters!