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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Civil Rights Leader Speaks To Emery Students

John Lewis; American Patriot, Venerable Civil Rights Leader Speaks In Emeryville

Congressman John Lewis
Georgia Congressman John Lewis addressed enthralled Emery High School students Friday, telling them to "get into trouble" in their lives, "good trouble, necessary trouble" he added. Mr Lewis was convinced to speak at Emery by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Emery School Superintendent Debbra Lindo during a planned California trip.
The venerable Georgia lawmaker told a standing room only crowd in the Emery Theater that students today must agitate for justice, calling it a duty for Americans.  He called on them to get into "good trouble", indicating that the ruling elite establishment must be forcefully challenged by protest, to achieve equity and justice. Some students in the overflow crowd may have thought of local protest worthy things such as the recent announcement of plans to lay off teachers by the Emery School Board and the looming Occupy movement's May 1st General Strike in Oakland's downtown Oscar Grant Plaza.

Congressman Lewis was a Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leader in the civil rights era and was instrumental helping to organize Martin Luther King's epic 1963 March on Washington.  He lead more than 500 peaceful protesters across Alabama's infamous Pettus Bridge where he was severely beaten by the police and vigilante racists.  He told enraptured Emery students he thought he would likely die there and in numerous SNCC Freedom Rides he orchestrated across the Jim Crow South.  He was arrested 24 times as a result of his activism and had his skull fractured in one of many beatings by racist police.

The Emery School District failed to record the speech but local Chanel 7 News offers a snippet HERE.

The young John Lewis: American hero & patriot

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, Superintendent Lindo limited the exposure to Congressman Lewis by only inviting 11th and 12th graders. An assembly for all students would have provided a rare opportunity to hear from a civil rights icon.

    Lindo controls and micro-manages to a fault. We will all have to get into "good trouble" to address her insidious ways and lack of true direction. Listen carefully, she talks in circle. THE only things she can offer is contracts to her friends/affiliates and cuts to our students. What a travesty!