Wednesday, December 2

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Morgan Freeman reads Congressman John Lewis’s closing remarks in a powerful essay

By Becca Longmire. 2 hours ago Morgan Freeman read the closing remarks of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, in an emotional speech Thursday. Lewis lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 17 at age 80, and Freeman, as requested, read his last words: a powerful essay he wrote for New York Times, Together, they can redeem the soul of our nation. " MSNBC presenter Lawrence O'Donnell interpreted the poignant reading, which was apparently sent to the newspaper by Lewis two days before his death, in "The Last Word." RELATED: Ava DuVernay Says The Late John Lewis 'Was Like Yoda' Lewis shared the message: “While my time here has 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 for...
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Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered in his hometown – The Canadian News

Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday – in the rural Alabama county where his story began – as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that “good trouble” could change the world. The morning service in the city of Troy in rural Pike County was held at Troy University, where Lewis would often playfully remind the chancellor that he was denied admission in 1957 because he was Black, and where decades later he was awarded an honorary doctorate. Lewis, who became a civil rights icon and a longtime Georgia congressman, died July 17 at the age of 80. Saturday morning’s service was titled “The Boy from Troy,” the nickname the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave Lewis at their first meeting in 1958 in Montgomery. King ...
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Ava DuVernay Says Late John Lewis ‘Was Like Yoda’

By Shakiel Mahjouri. 15 secs ago Ava DuVernay has compared the wisdom of John Lewis to that of legendary “Star Wars” mentor Yoda. DuVernay recently appeared on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to remember Lewis. The civil-rights leader died on July 17, 2020, at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia. RELATED: Ava DuVernay Says Video Of George Floyd’s Death ‘Brought Me To My Knees’ “He said, ‘Ava, do everything.’ He was like Yoda,” DuVernay joked with Colbert, per THR. “That’s one of the gifts that he left for me.” Adding, “On some days ‘do everything’ means one thing, on another day it means something else… It’s kept me going, and I’m going to miss him.” DuVernay, a well-known activist, also criticized the special fede...
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Apple Donates its John Lewis Documentary Film Proceeds to Museums

Apple has today announced in a press release that it will be donating its portion of the proceeds from the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. In her intimate account of legendary US Representative John Lewis’s life and legacy, director Dawn Porter takes audiences through his more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the civil rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a roundtrip bus ticket to meet wit...
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Obama just shared a truly beautiful tribute to civil rights icon John Lewis

Today, America lost one of its true political heroes with the passing of John Lewis. For more than 30 years, Lewis served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the state of Georgia. He took part in many key historic votes and fights over legislation that have shaped our country and world over the past two generations. But for most Americans, his legacy stretches back to the fight for civil rights, where Lewis marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders.His personal bravery was truly exceptional. In 1963, Lewis was one of the key organizers of the landmark March on Washington where King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech. Lewis has rightfully been heralded by Democrats and Republicans alike for honoring the legacy of non-violent protests. At just 21-y...