John Lewis was an American Congressman who represented the state of Georgia for over 30 years in the US Senate has officially been transitioned into heaven 1 year ago. He is one of the many unsung hero of the 1960’s during the fight for civil rights when he risked his own life for equality for all people .
His life and legacy is helped shape the modern American democracy system and keep the momentum of “The Civil Rights Movement of the mid 1960’s up until our current times. Congressman Lewis fought along the Freedom Riders, which protest Jim Crow Laws across the United States of America. Many Black and other races of people of colored just wanted a better life which was the right to vote, better schools, and housing. Many Black people could not vote unless they could guess how many jelly beans were in a jar. Black children did get the same quality education in schools that were not equal to white schools and Black people had to walk through side doors to at bars and businesses. After thousands of protest for years along side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Ralph Abernathy, and others John Lewis help get the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and 1965 passed . This bill help changed the United States and make it a better place not only for Black Americans but, for all people to live.
The fight was not an easy win the congressman life was is immediate danger on what they call “Bloody Sunday” a protest in Selma, Alabama where his skull was fractured by police officers. On the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama that day not only was Mr. Lewis fighting good many American fighting for their rights were beaten by police, mauled by K-9 police dogs, and where pepper sprayed. John was arrested he did not give up he kept fighting for the people like his parents who were finally able to vote in their lifetime.
Now today in 2021 his life legacy and work is on the line and still fighting in the modern day civil rights movement were voting laws are being suppress in what is called the “Voter Suppression Bills.”
The bill is basically imposing voter identification requirements on absentee ballots, it is also giving the legislature greater control over election administrations, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, and reduces the amount of time people have to request an absentee ballot. Lastly the most outrageous thing in this bill is it makes it a crime for a political organizations to give food or water to people standing in line to vote.
In honor of John Lewis life Congress needs to protect voting rights for the American people many people died in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s for the right to vote.