Mr. John Lewis is a highly respected man;
His public service now several decades spans;
Mr. John Lewis was raised in the Deep South;
A black man in Congress? Well, hush my mouth!
Mr. John Lewis, while still a young man;
Decided that for Social Justice, he would take a stand.
And to that end he has been true;
So I am proud to share his story with you.
Young John Lewis;
Way back in 1963;
Demanded equal rights for all;
While speaking in Washington D.C.
On that historic day;
When it was difficult to even visualize how;
Young John Lewis respectfully demanded:
“WE WANT OUR FREEDOM, AND WE WANT IT NOW!”.
About a year and half later;
In March of 1965;
John Lewis was beaten by a cop;
I tell you, it is a wonder he is alive!
John Lewis and others were marching that day;
From Selma to Montgomery;
That day is called Black Sunday;
And is a very bad social memory.
Of a time when young John Lewis;
Was active in the struggle for Civil Rights;
And the ensuing years have shown that Mr. John Lewis;
Has continued that struggle with all his might.
Then one day in 2010;
When Healthcare was under review;
Mr. John Lewis and others;
Wanted to supply such for me and you.
While leaving the Capitol on that March day;
Accompanied by a fellow diplomat;
Mr Lewis and Mr Carson;
Who are both registered Democrats.
Were confronted along the way;
By a group of Radicals whose angry rants;
Were pointed and direct;
As they heckled in chants.
Now this group of conservative radicals;
Did not confuse the issues with the facts;
But rather simply resorted to;
Good old fashioned personal attacks.
Others also harassed Mr. Barney Franks;
About choices of his personal life;
Even there they did not stop;
But rather continued to stir up more strife.
Mr John Lewis and others heard words that day;
Shameful slurs from years gone by;
For Civil Rights may be the law;
But racism and bigotry have yet to die.
Yet in spite of the slurs and the slander;
From the lips of those who to the rich do pander;
Mr John Lewis and others did legislate Healthcare Reform;
Perhaps one day Healthcare for all will be the norm.
Yes, Mr John Lewis is a highly respected man;
On behalf of Social Justice; he continues to take a stand.
Several decades now he has served all people of this land;
Yes, Mr John Lewis is a highly respected man.
(I wrote these words in honor of this highly respectable public servant from Georgian after seeing a special about him on the daily news show DEMOCRACY NOW)