John Lewis: A Legacy Unmatched











122 Responses to “John Lewis: A Legacy Unmatched”

  1. 1 tnmtngirl1
    July 18, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Because of you, John. ❤️💙. Says it all.

    Thanks for the new thread, NW. 🙂

  2. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    July 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    This death hurts deeply. When John Lewis told us he had cancer, I’ve been bracing myself hoping that we would have just a little bit more time and then a little bit more, and more and more time with him.

    Selfish, yes, but how I love this man. I am so thankful for everything he has done which makes it possible for me to keep on fighting the good fight.

    I am so sorry that he passed on at such a tumultuous time in the country and the world, but I am so thankful and grateful that he got to see that the spirit of protest and activism that he fought for, bled for, cried for, got arrested over 40 times for, and almost died for lives on in millions of us. We will not stop until America and the world at large lives up to its highest ideals.

    Rest easy, Sir. Please watch over and protect us. May Heaven welcome you with open arms and may you forever rest in eternal power.

  3. 9 ggail44
    July 18, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Well stated sister. We will NOT dropped the #GoodTrouble Baton. Rest thy good and faithful servant, Rep John Lewis. You done well.💔🙏🏿🤴🏿

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  5. July 18, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Some lead and some follow, John Lewis did both and we are grateful for his endless life of sacrifices. Rest in love, hero of civil rights and thank you!

  6. July 18, 2020 at 5:30 pm

  7. 14 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Brilliantly done, NW.🙏💪💙💪🙏
    Thank you, Lady Nerdy Wonka.

  8. 15 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm

  9. July 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Rep. John Lewis’s light shines on. Karma owes us a BIG one for taking John Lewis and Elijah Cummings before they had a chance to see Joe Biden inaugurated.

  10. July 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    From her personal stash:

  11. 18 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 5:45 pm

  12. 19 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 6:04 pm

  13. 20 Betsy
    July 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I’m so sad today. The news about Portland, Ore, John Lewis’ death, and for me personally, the loss of a friendship, an entire new school program to learn for which I start training on Monday, July 20 for distance learning seems overwhelming right now. I just want to curl up into a ball and sleep for a few days. So, I’m taking a break from TOD, twitter, et. al. for a few days. I wish you all continued health and strength for the battles you each face day after day. Love you.

    • 21 Dudette
      July 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      ((((( Betsy )))))

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      July 18, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      So, in reality you didn’t even get a month off to refresh your mind this summer! {{{Betsy}}} Not that money will assuage your mental stress, but I do hope you and your colleagues will be paid for this summer training under the circumstances.

    • 23 jacquelineoboomer
      July 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Love you, Betsy!

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      July 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm

      Rest, recharge, and return! Keep hanging with like-minded people – it’s good for the soul!

    • 25 marleysperson
      July 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      I understand this completely. Similar feelings for me as well… asked my principal to have a Google Meet the other day to address some of the issues and deep anxieties that we feel… it’s so overwhelming and weighs heavily. So much to worry about. Wrapping my arms around you and holding you . Be good to yourself and do things that bring you joy. Then steel yourself. We have to get angry and persist until they are bent to our collective will. Sending you love and strength ❤️

  14. 26 Dudette
    July 18, 2020 at 6:23 pm

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  16. 29 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 6:32 pm

  17. 30 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 6:49 pm

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  20. 33 jer44
    July 18, 2020 at 7:26 pm

  21. July 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Speech at the March on Washington.
    August 28 1963:
    “We march today for jobs and freedom,
    but we have nothing to be proud of, for hundreds and thousands of our brothers are not here,
    for they are receiving starvation wages or no wages at all. While we stand here, there are sharecroppers in the Delta of Mississippi who are out in the fields working for less than three dollars per day, 12 hours a day.
    While we stand here, there are students in jail on trumped-up charges.
    Our brother James Farmer, along with many others, is also in jail.
    We come here today with a great sense of misgiving.
    It is true that we support the administration’s Civil Rights Bill. We support it with great reservation, however. Unless title three is put in this bill, there’s nothing to protect the young children and old women who must face police dogs and fire hoses in the South while they engage in peaceful demonstration.
    In its present form this bill will not protect the citizens of Danville, Virginia, who must live in constant fear of a police state. It will not protect the hundreds and thousands of people that have been arrested on trumped up charges. What about the three young men, SNCC field secretaries in Americus, Georgia, who face the death penalty for engaging in peaceful protest?

    • July 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      “As it stands now, the voting section of this bill will not help the thousands of people who want to vote.
      It will not help the citizens of Mississippi, of Alabama and Georgia who are unqualified to vote for lack of sixth grade education. One man, one vote is the African cry. It is ours too. It must be ours.
      We must have legislation that will protect the Mississippi sharecroppers,
      who have been forced to leave their homes because they dared to exercise their right to register to vote.
      We need a bill that will provide for the homeless and starving people of this nation.
      We need a bill that will ensure the equality of a maid who earns five dollars a week in the home of a family whose total income is 100,000 dollars a year. We must have a good FEPC bill.
      My friends let us not forget that we are involved in a serious social revolution.
      By and large, politicians who build their career on immoral compromise and allow themselves an open forum of political, economic and social exploitation dominate American politics.
      There are exceptions, of course. We salute those. But what political leader can stand up and say,
      “My party is a party of principles”? For the party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march in the streets of Birmingham? Where is the political party that will protect the citizens of Albany, Georgia?”

  22. 38 marleysperson
    July 18, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    We need the expats,too. Every vote counts

  23. 39 marleysperson
    July 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm

  24. 40 nena20409
    July 18, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Until tomorrow, Good Night TODbots.

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  27. July 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Am beginning to realize that Mr Winslow is someone I’d never want as an enemy ….

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  30. July 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Nothing fake about this …

  31. 47 marleysperson
    July 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    This. And then we must vote in each and every single election and never again be complacent about our country and it’s direction. We must keep our feet on the petal to make America in our vision and likeness.

  32. 49 marleysperson
    July 18, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    WTF is WRONG with these people! That’s rhetorical. No need to answer

    • 50 todjey
      July 19, 2020 at 9:10 am

      Honestly … the GOP can do you-know-what with their tweets. Their tweets have absolute zero value.
      Is anyone really surprised?

      A friend told me a very long time ago, that words are cheap. Took me a while to understand what it meant, but I never forgot it.
      So, who among these valiant tweeters who now suddenly care about John Lewis went up to Moscow Witch to ask why John Lewis’s bill is still not passed?

  33. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    July 18, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      July 18, 2020 at 11:14 pm

  34. 54 pkayden
    July 18, 2020 at 11:22 pm

  35. 55 jer44
    July 18, 2020 at 11:29 pm

  36. 56 Dudette
    July 18, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know this!

  37. 57 Dudette
    July 18, 2020 at 11:49 pm

  38. July 19, 2020 at 2:03 am

    Goodnight TOD.


  39. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    July 19, 2020 at 2:35 am

  40. 60 whenpamelawandered
    July 19, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Thank you, John Lewis, for Keeping The Heart, and showing us how. A candle burns for you in our home, to Light Your Way Home. 🕯🙏🏼🕊♥️

  41. 61 jer44
    July 19, 2020 at 8:30 am

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  43. 63 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Morning everyone. Joyful!

  44. July 19, 2020 at 11:24 am

    You must read this thread…

  45. 69 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Thread ❤️

  46. July 19, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Joy Reid to host ‘The ReidOut” at 7pm starting tomorrow.
    –Brava Joy!!

    • July 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Joy Reid talking to Chris Hayes:
      “Also there’s the sense that Donald Trump could restore a version of white privilege that would take it back before political correctness…made white people feel they had to be more polite about race than they wanted to be. He just was a freeing candidate, he was sort of an avatar for allowing people to strike out against non-white immigration, to strike out against the changes to LGBT rights, to strike out against it, and have a cover. But here’s the problem. That whole reason for electing Donald Trump, that’s not impervious to the fact that your grandma has Covid. Or that your son has Covid. Or that you can’t go see your Mom. The problem is that Donald Trump’s base among white voters are not impervious to Covid. Some of them think they are. They think if ‘I don’t wear a mask, and I think that I won’t get it’. And then they still get it. So the problem is that Donald Trump has finally confronted something that he can’t explain away:
      Disease and death. And it is disproportionately hurting people who look like me, but it’s also killing white Americans and republicans.”

    • July 19, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      Hayes: “Zero people I know are complacent about this election.”
      “Absolutely. You know what helped Donald Trump, and I think we have to always remind ourselves,
      he didn’t win the election. He won the electoral college because he won a small margin 70,000 something votes in 3 states. But now everyone understands…all the excuses people were able to use to wriggle out of voting against Donald Trump in 2016, no one, no one is taking it for granted now. People who even are gently supportive of Joe Biden are determined to crawl over broken glass to vote for Joe Biden, right? So I mean Joe Biden’s sort of teflon status right now in the election is because of Trump. Is because now Trump has been seen in action. He’s not the theoretical guy from the “Apprentice” who, you know it may be fun to have a whacky president who has been a reality star. No, now he’s the guy who has presided over 135,000 dead. That’s more deaths than in World War 1. We’re approaching World War 2 numbers eventually. So I think his incompetence, his sheer incompetence. And also his increasing weirdness, you know the way he can’t answer simple questions, the way he goes after Fauci, the way that he just talks about things seems so odd. There’s a buyer’s remorse factor, I think even among republicans I know. They just can’t do it again.”

    • July 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      Hayes: “We are right now in the midst of the most tumultuous, momentous year in American life…arguably since 1932…what have you got planned (for your show)?
      “One of the things that I really want to do…is the descent into autocracy.
      The fact that we’re now talking about fascism as a thing we have to discuss in terms of America. One of the things I want to do is to drill down into talking to some of the people who are on the ground. There are activists there who may not always come across on the local news, they may not always be seen, they may not always get air time. But they are in the middle of this. And I think we need to talk to those people. We need to bring forth some of those voices. And you know the opportunity of having somebody from my point of view, who has always been cynical about police. I’ve never had any jaded view that Barney Fife was real. You know I never thought that was realistic at all. And so I want…to question the reality that we’re being given by politicians, and questioning them. And being in D.C. is going to be a huge advantage to be able to do that…”

    • July 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      “What we’re seeing in the streets right now is going to be in the halls of Congress in January.
      These young folks are not playing around. They’re still marching. They’re still demanding. As long as they stay in the streets they have power. And that means we may actually see changes to policing. We may actually see real changes to things like health care. But to make that happen, they’re going to have to move that power off the streets and into the halls of power. And so I think you and I we’re going to probably be having a lot of those kind of conversations. About how do you then turn that activity and that action into actual change and power.”

  47. 75 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    It matters

  48. 76 Obama Grandmama
    July 19, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    FDR tried to change the number on the Supreme Court and failed. The details of why escape me.

  49. 78 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Why am I crying?…

    • 79 marleysperson
      July 19, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      It must be because of the trust….

    • July 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      imo no self, surrender is not a politician thing usually. Beaten and viciously abused when so young for asking for basic rights. And still went on to offer up the rest of his live serving the people. His trusting, diminutive body and the reality of millions everywhere who live a life of persecution for not being white.

  50. 81 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Even in death the Congressman is a threat. Vote this POS out!!

    • 82 Dudette
      July 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Not surprised at all. Figured that would happen when the story was that they lowered the flag AFTER Agolf Twitler went for his morning round on the links. 🙄

  51. 83 jer44
    July 19, 2020 at 1:14 pm

  52. 84 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Good Sunday Afternoon, TODville Community.

  53. 85 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 3:07 pm

  54. 86 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Yeah. A bullhorn.

  55. 87 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 3:34 pm


  56. 88 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 3:47 pm

  57. July 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Got to love that Chris Wallace doesn’t let him just say stuff and not challenge him.

  58. 91 jer44
    July 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm

  59. 92 jer44
    July 19, 2020 at 5:43 pm

  60. 93 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Wow! This is news to me. Damn.

  61. 94 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 6:01 pm

  62. 95 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    I mean… smh

    • July 20, 2020 at 8:19 am

      For those white people, that’s what it has always come down to…what MAGA means to them.

      Remember the quote from President Lyndon Johnson:

      “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

      That’s exactly what those loyal to the core tRumpists are all about.

  63. 97 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm

  64. 98 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    If you need a distraction from all the ugly, maybe a little nostaligia might feel good right now. Check these out. Most of these clips aren’t really that long ago, but they feel like a lifetime ago. Enjoy! 😁

    Obama’s Best Comebacks and Rebuttals

    Part 1

  65. 103 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 6:36 pm

  66. 104 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 6:41 pm

  67. 105 pkayden
    July 19, 2020 at 6:52 pm

  68. 106 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    LOL! 😆

  69. 107 nena20409
    July 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

  70. 108 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Love him!

  71. 110 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm


  72. 111 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm

  73. 112 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 7:50 pm


  74. 113 Dudette
    July 19, 2020 at 8:02 pm

  75. 114 marleysperson
    July 19, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    WTF is this? Clearly he is not well

  76. July 19, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    MBK Alliance Town Hall Series: June 5 2020.
    “Mental Health and Wellness in a Racism Pandemic”
    “President Obama joined Congressman John Lewis, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, writer and survivor of police brutality Leon Ford, Jr.,and youth leader LeQuan Muhammad,
    in a conversation moderated by activist and author Darnell Moore, to discuss the mental toll racism takes on people of color.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B0ILD1wB88)

    • July 19, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      “More than anything my faith helped me, held me together. And I couldn’t give up, could not give in.
      I thought, when I had been beaten on the bridge, I thought I saw death, I thought I was going to die, and I said a little prayer, said “Lord let me live. I want to stay here, I want to be around.”
      And I believe it was the grace of God , and praying witnesses that have that saved me.
      And so today I feel more lucky, more than lucky, more than blessed but to be here,
      to see the changes that have occurred.
      To live to see a young man, a young friend,
      my president Barack Obama become President of the United States of America.
      It was worth the pain and it is my belief that we cannot give up, cannot give in, become bitter or hostile.
      And to see all of the people, all of the young men, not just men of color, black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, all of the young women standing up, speaking up, being prepared to march.
      They’re going to help redeem the soul of our America, and save our country and maybe help save the planet.”

  77. July 19, 2020 at 8:11 pm

  78. July 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Winslow is delivering precisely the correct message.

  79. 120 jer44
    July 19, 2020 at 8:51 pm

  80. 121 pkayden
    July 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm

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