John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis crossed the river Jordan on July 17, 2020, and last Sunday, I went to Selma to see him cross the Alabama River one last time. I went because his last crossing simply had to be so very different from the first, with all the power we have within us to make...
U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

What were you doing when you were 23 years old? I ask this question every time I give a public presentation about my experiences serving as a police officer in St. Louis. People usually respond they were just graduating from college, just entering the workforce or...
Recalling John Lewis: ‘We Have Come Too Far’

Recalling John Lewis: ‘We Have Come Too Far’

If heroes are made in the trenches fighting for freedom, John Lewis – civil-rights icon and United States congressman from Georgia – always will be remembered among the hallowed ranks of America’s greatest leaders for enduring brutality while peacefully helping move...
Lewis Inspired Others to Seek ‘Equal Justice’

Lewis Inspired Others to Seek ‘Equal Justice’

“I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.” These are the words of congressional representative and civil rights legend, U.S. Rep. John Lewis,...
U.S. Rep. John Lewis Was ‘Sold on Social Gospel’

U.S. Rep. John Lewis Was ‘Sold on Social Gospel’

Keep the faith. That was the message U.S. Rep. John Lewis left when signing copies of his acclaimed memoir of the civil rights movement, “Walking with the Wind.” When I first met the civil-rights icon, my faith was ever forming; the convictions and commitments I carry...