Making Some Noise

 

Lewis has been here for so long

We were pretty well done in even before the Kennedy news; after it, we went seeking solace. A few hours earlier, the indefatigable John Lewis, who has lived his principles through fire and brimstone, sent out a flare. "Do not get lost in a sea of despair," he wrote. "Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good , necessary trouble." Last month in a commencement speech at Harvard, where his tenacity was honored with a moving performance, Lewis sounded a similar theme. “There are forces in America today and around the world trying to take us to another place," he warned, repeatedly enjoining young people, "You must lead...Stand up, speak up." Oldish or young, despairing or no, we figure we better keep trying. Thursday he was out there again, holding us up, saluting Wisconsin protesters who closed down the streets around a Trump/Walker fundraiser. "There is no sound more powerful," Lewis wrote, "than the marching feet of a determined people." The Harvard testimony:

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