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In Memoriam. To John Lewis, for Black History Month. Friday's Inspiration 21, to Eric Dierker

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Medal of Honour

Lewis was granted the Medal of Honour by Obama in 2011,

And the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, ensures that each American

Has a right to choose who they wish to represent them. John Lewis was influenced by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr


In Memoriam, to John Lewis.

Paul, the Apostle, in his letter to the

Corinthians, said that Christ died, so that

Others may live. Fast forward to the 21st century,

And John Lewis lived, so that others too, would live.

He lived to show us, that when tenacity or

Perseverance is strong; man can even conquer

State-sponsored betrayals; that the highest

Ideals of liberty, equality, justice and the

Pursuit of happiness, is worth fighting for.

John Lewis lived to show us, that when resolve is steady,

Then it is possible and achievable, to fight against bigotry

And oppression, with a strong spirit of Love and goodness.

John Lewis showed, that no iron bars could

Imprison the Spirit … that a more Inclusive America,

With its richness of diversity and culture, would be a lot

Stronger. He bathed in the rays of lustrous Light, so we

Could dance, with the dreams of tomorrows vision.

John Lewis treated everyone with dignity and

Respect, simply because it was natural, or innate

To his character. Sometimes jailed for speaking out,

He believed that if the cause was just, we should all

Hold to our purpose and conviction.

Joe and Jill Biden pay their respects to John Lewis


John Lewis lived to show us, that the spirit of Ahimsa –

Of activism through non-violence, was but a powerful

Vehicle for necessary change; he helped many to

Overcome their fears and insecurities; hatred and division.

When this black son of Alabama, USA, was being

Buried, there was a double rainbow over the casket.

No surprise for a man with the unshakeable conviction,

That hate and fear, had to be answered with Love and hope.

Lewis’s clarion call: “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble,

And help redeem the soul of America,” was repeated several

Times at his funeral. He wrote an essay just before his death:

“We are all complicit when we tolerate injustice,”

Lewis wrote. “Each of us has a moral obligation

To stand up, speak up and speak out…”

“In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate

That the way of peace, the way of Love and

Non-violence, is the more excellent way,

Now it is your turn, to let freedom ring.”

The long march is not yet over; the race is not yet won

No farewell, John Lewis. We shall listen as your heart

Sings and the sunset prepares flowers for another rising dawn.

We will grieve and lament with funeral songs and

Fiery speeches, while you dance with shooting stars,

Holding the sceptre of Jesus, the Christ, in the new Jerusalem.

We shall hear the bugles blow and trumpets call,

As you rise again in the haven of the Beyond,

Chanting alleluia to the drum-makers for Justice … for Love.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 1st August, 2020

The Light of Love, Governed Lewis's Life


America has always produced luminary Lights, nor does She lack them now.

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