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CHARLES RYAN ARMOUR: I grew up pretty sheltered just outside of Atlanta. I really didn’t know much about the civil rights movement until I got older. My parents grew up in rural Georgia so they both knew what it was like growing up in the Jim Crow era. I was two years old when John Lewis was elected to congress, I’m 37 now and he’s been my congressman nearly my entire life. I really didn’t experience much racism in my own life, but learning the history and seeing what’s happening in our country today has really opened my eyes.
LILIANE KSHENSKY BAXTER, PH.D. (LILI BAXTER): I remember first meeting John back in 1979. I had just started working at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and he was with the Voter Education Project. As I walked into a neighborhood-planning unit meeting I saw somebody setting up the chairs — and it was John. So when people say he was humble, he really was humble. He did what needed to be done, and at that moment it was setting up chairs.
SHEILA D. COLLINS: On July 18, 2020 we lost two valiant men—Rev. C.T. Vivian and representative John Lewis--icons of the civil rights movement, but so much more. Both men played leading roles in the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, braving police...
MATT MEYER: Getting to meet, to do some work and associate with, Rev. CT Vivian and Rep John Lewis (who both passed away this last week), has surely been a privilege, not just or even mainly because of the tremendous individual qualities of those two men, each...
GUS KAUFMAN: He was revered because he always stood up. John just kept being important in all kinds of ways you wouldn’t expect right up until the last week of his life. Whether it was for racial justice or LGBTQ rights which he was way out in front on in the 1980s.
Via Cross River, Calabar, and Mawuh: En Route to Ambazonia Ambazonia most surely exists, with defined land mass, distinctive long history, culture, and most especially people. But you won't find it on any maps, or even most accounts of modern Africa or peaceful...