‘Get in good trouble, necessary trouble’: Rep. John Lewis in his own words . Rep. John Lewis , who devoted his life to racial justice and equality, died Friday night at 80.
He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
” Do not get lost in a sea of despair . Do not become bitter or hostile . Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.
At the age of 23, he was a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963. In March 7, 1965, John Lewis led more than 600 peaceful protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state of Alabama.
The John Lewis Partnership was the first department store group in the UK to adopt central buying, launching the ‘Jonell(e)’ name for own-brand merchandise in 1937. That brand name has gradually been replaced with the ‘ John Lewis ‘ name since 2001.
John Lewis’s journey to his final resting place at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta took him through Selma and Montgomery, Alabama and Washington.
Many in SNCC felt that Lewis’s commitment to nonviolent direct action and mass protests was out of sync with SNCC’s turn away from such actions. Shortly after, he left the organization to pursue a long career in electoral politics–serving as a congressman from Georgia’s 5th congressional district for almost 30 years.