Watch @ninaturner's speech in front of the MLK Memorial today.
We must lift as we climb. pic.twitter.com/lckQ3TpsoY
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 14, 2017
Infinite Hope: We're Not Done
Really?!?! said all of sentient America. You really went there?!? It turns out that belittling a paragon of integrity and moral gravitas, "the singular conscience of Capitol Hill....a dismal institution’s griot, a historical actor and hero capable of telling the most complex and painful of American stories - the story of race" - that taking on that very large man, when one is himself such a laughably small man, is dumb. Who would've thought? Even Repubs, ordinarily shameless, were aghast: "Number one, don't tweet that. Number two, don't go there... John Lewis has a walk that very few people in this country - least of all Donald Trump - have ever walked... John Lewis and his 'talk' have changed the world."
Swiftly joining the fray was official Atlanta and Lewis' faithful constituents in Georgia's Fifth District, who launched #DefendtheFifth to show Drumpf "picked the wrong man and the wrong town." Many highlighted the horrors of their crime-ridden pit of despair by posting photos of bucolic neighborhoods, glistening office buildings, kids riding bikes, and shoppers cruising farmers' markets and festivals where the greatest hazard was too many Pokemon Go players. Wrote "As an inner-city black, thank God that I survived the crime infested streets of ATL today. That line at Starbucks was savage." Amazon customers, drawn by the controversy, gave a 106,700% sales boost to Lewis' graphic novel series "March," pushing it to #1. And his autobiography, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, sold out.
Lewis, meanwhile, has kept up the fight. Utilizing the Trump momentum, he sent out a fundraising email citing "the unholy price we had to pay for dignity and respect," vowing to "keep working for what is right," and urging others to do the same. "I've been beaten bloody, tear-gassed..." he wrote. "We refuse to stop now. We're not done." On honor of Martin Luther King, he urged followers to remember him and honor him by not giving up. "He marched for us," he began in a series of tweets. "He protested for us...He went to jail for us...He gave his life for us." King and his legacy were also movingly honored in a blistering speech by former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, who reminded a huge DC crowd, "We have been here before." "We must accept finite disappointment," she declared, "but never lose infinite hope."