John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died. He was 80. (July 18)
BERNICE KING: It is fitting that this year's King holiday observance theme is "King's 20/20 Vision-- The Beloved Community-- The Fierce Urgency of Now."
He's made such tremendous contributions in his life, more than most of us will ever make. He's sacrificed in ways that very few of us will ever sacrifice. And so we celebrate him and we honor him for that-- the examples that he has set, the consciousness that he sits in Congress.
--12 metropolitan counties that come to our students with King throughout the year, and on Thursday, we will have Celebrate Difference at the World Congress Center.
What he left for us, if we can kind of extract from those examples and, you know, conduct ourselves in that way, I think it would be extraordinary. That's the greatest honor we can do for anyone.
- --not just the ones of you who made it into this room. This college is part of him.
HANK AARON: One of my favorite-- John Lewis, but one of my favorites, always have been, always will be.
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You know, so make it get off of the-- I think he probably plants it. You know, it probably starts out, because he knows we're coming back.
I feel I'm very thrilled to have had a personal relationship with him all these years. We both were in the fight for equality together in the early years. And I've seen his commitment firsthand. So it's not something I read about or something I've heard about. I saw him on the front line of fighting for equality.
One of the first volunteers at the Trumpet Awards.