no finer way to honor this hero
“the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”
image credit: michigan theatre, ann arbor, michigan, usa
The Bloodiest Sunday
Bloody Sunday was a cruel incident that occurred on March 7, 1965 in Selma, Alabama. Six hundred orderly protesters were ready to march to Selma on a Sunday to support the Voting Rights Movement. They were led by John Lewis, SNCC, and SCLC activists. All six hundred of them crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, but were blocked by Alabama State Troopers. The police commanded them to turn around, but the protesters refused. The police say ‘they had no choice’ other than to start shooting teargas into the crowd, and beating the non-violent protesters. Sadly, they hospitalized over sixty people. To this day, Lewis still has a visible scar on his forehead from Bloody Sunday. This week, I watched as you made one final trip over that bridge, in your casket, with Alabama State Troopers saluting you, and people holding you in their hearts for all you did for them. You will always be remembered as a brave and compassionate leader who truly led by example.
RIP, John Lewis, thank you for always getting in the way, and showing us how it’s done.
“you must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”
here’s to the ones who
march, walk, talk, stand up, and take action
on behalf of what they believe in
today and every day
even when it’s inconvenient .
“a cause may be inconvenient, but it’s magnificent.
it’s like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.”
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spent tonight at a rally
on the diag at the university of michigan
with mayor chris taylor addressing our city
as we stand in solidarity with charlottesville
and for all those who continue to stand against
racism, hate, violence, and inequality
organized in 10 hours
through grass roots movements
and a lot of heart and passion
a police officer, a mayor, a photographer, a bagpiper, a retiree
and hundreds of others
yet all here for the same reason
“it is the kindness …that finally decides our fate.”
— barack obama