Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation Book Review

When we look to our elders for wisdom, we hope that they will provide the guidance we need.

When the late Congressman John Lewis passed away last year, America lost one of the most respected politicians of our era. One of the icons of the Civil Rights moment, he had a perspective on this country that only someone who lived what he experienced could see.

Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation was published last month. Written by Congressman Lewis before his death, it is a series of observations and insight that comes from someone who walked this Earth for nearly 80 years.

With a foreword by Andrew Young and co-written by Kabir Seghal, this has to be one of the best books of the year. It is written in such a way that is appealing and universal without feeling like the reader is being talked down to. It was as if I was sitting down to talk with a beloved grandparent and learning without realizing it.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

John Lewis Will Always be Twice the Man You Know Who Is

When the late Congressman John Lewis died almost two weeks ago, America was reminded of what a hero truly looks like.

In the past, when an American such as Congressman Lewis dies, the President is front and center at the memorial service.

You know who chose not to pay respects to the late Congressman.

The difference between you know and Congressman Lewis is that Congress Lewis was an American hero who exemplified selflessness. He was front and center in the Civil Rights marches of the 1960’s, putting his life on the line for the rights and freedoms of others.

I would be thoroughly shocked if you know who did anything for anyone else besides himself.

RIP John Lewis. Your contribution to American history will live forever.

RIP John Lewis

In tough times, it is easy to hang back and pretend as if everything is normal. It is much harder to stand up and fight for what you believe in.

Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis passed away yesterday. He was 80 years old.

Born in 1940 to sharecropper parents in Alabama, segregation was part and parcel of the world he grew up in. In the early 1960’s, he joined the Civil Rights movement and was one of the original Freedom Riders. Twenty five years later, he was elected to Congress. On both sides of the political aisle, he was one of the most respected men to have walked through the halls of power.

If there was ever a textbook definition of an American hero, John Lewis’s picture would be front and center. He knew what he believed in and fought for those beliefs, even when victory seemed nearly impossible. As both a Civil Rights leader and a member of Congress, he taught all of what strength and courage look like.

May his memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all.

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