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“Freedom is not a state; it is an act.”

“But we must accept one central truth and responsibility as participants in a democracy: Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”

― John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America



Photo credit: By Daniellem4848 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55289439

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair.”

Do not get lost in a sea of despair.  Be hopeful, be optimistic.  Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.  Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.

— United States Representative John Lewis (D-GA 5th District)


Lewis is far right in the photo below.  The man second from right is the late civil rights leader James Farmer, who was a professor of mine at Mary Washington College.


From Wikimedia Commons: Lewis (far right) with Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young, Congressman William Fitts Ryan, and James Farmer 1965.

Photo credit: Stanley Wolfson, World Telegram staff photographer, via Library of Congress.