July 30, 2020

Hello,

On this special day as the remarkable John Lewis is being honored at his funeral, he has reached out to us one more time. Just before he died, he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times that was to be published on the day of his funeral. It is a very special message from a very special man. Please take a moment today to read it and think about it.

— Machaelle Wright
Founder, Perelandra Center for Nature Research

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it. . . .

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

— John Robert Lewis
Civil Rights Leader
U.S. House of Representatives


Read his complete essay in English here.

Or read it in Spanish here.

(You can also listen to a recording of his message in English available on either page.)