“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.”
John Lewis (1940–2020)
Civil Rights Leader and Former U.S. Representative
Today we say farewell to John Lewis, the civil rights leader and former US Representative who died on July 17. Lewis dedicated his life to protecting human rights, always fighting for equity and justice.
Representative Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders and one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Shortly before his death, he left his parting words and a call to action in a powerful essay published by The New York Times today, the day of his funeral.
As John Lewis is laid to rest at Southview Cemetery in Atlanta, let’s remember his legacy and commit to keep standing and fighting for love, justice, and truth. Inspired by the “good trouble” and “necessary trouble” he made, Baseman created this In Memoriam rendition of this national hero.
Rest in peace, power, and love.