Lewis went on to hyperlink the racist oppression of his childhood to occasions right this moment, writing that “Emmett Until was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor.” He urged individuals to proceed getting within the “good bother, essential bother” he had so lengthy championed, however to not overlook that “The vote is probably the most highly effective nonviolent change agent you have got in a democratic society. You will need to use it as a result of it’s not assured. You may lose it.”
”When historians choose up their pens to write down the story of the 21st century,” Lewis closed, “allow them to say that it was your era who laid down the heavy burdens of hate ultimately and that peace lastly triumphed over violence, aggression and struggle. So I say to you, stroll with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the ability of eternal love be your information.”
Though Lewis’ funeral can be a small, invitation-only occasion at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, former Presidents Barack Obama, Invoice Clinton, and George W. Bush will all be in attendance. Obama is predicted to eulogize Lewis, whereas Clinton and Bush will take part within the service. Donald Trump, after all, didn’t journey from the White Home to the Capitol to pay his respects as Lewis lay in state there.