If you are not watching the John Lewis funeral right now, I hope you get a chance to see some of the speeches after they are posted online. For example, 91-year-old Jim Lawson, an advocate of non-violent protest, offered a speech that connected the civil rights movement and Lewis’s life to both American and Christian ideals. It was a powerful message. Lawson mentored Lewis and several other young Black men and women who were part of the civil rights movement in Nashville.
Here is the speech:
Several years ago I got a chance to visit Nashville and meet Rip Patton, one of Lawson’s disciples during the Nashville Student Movement. Patton was a twenty-one-year-old music major at Tennessee State University when he met Lawson in 1959. Lawson trained Patton (and others) in non-violent protest. Soon Patton found himself seated at a lunch counter in downtown Nashville, where he would be spit on, punched, and covered in ketchup, mustard, salt, and water. Patton did not retaliate because he had been educated by Lawson in the spiritual discipline necessary for a situation like this.
So what is Trump doing during the ceremony? He is tweeting this:
Support Patio Pizza and its wonderful owner, Guy Caligiuri, in St. James, Long Island (N.Y.). Great Pizza!!! @Varneyco
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
What an embarrassment.