Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, evoked Rep. John Lewis’ legacy as he opened the late congressman’s funeral in Atlanta.
“We’re summoned here mainly because in a instant when there are some in high workplace who are considerably far better at division than eyesight, who cannot lead us so they speak to divide us, in a minute when there is so substantially political cynicism and narcissism that masquerades as pate time here lies a correct American patriot who risked his lifestyle and limb for the hope and the guarantee of democracy,” the pastor explained.
Warnock urged attendees and the country to retain “battling with each other” and “voting jointly.”
“We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America’s transgressions. Bruised for our inequities, and the chastisement of his peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed, so let’s recall him now, and let us recommit tomorrow for standing together and fighting alongside one another and voting together and standing up on behalf of truth of the matter and righteousness together! We’ll get as a result of this with each other,” Warnock said.
“Let’s help you save the soul of our democracy jointly, and let’s worship the lord,” he added.
Civil rights titan: At age 25, Lewis served direct a march for voting legal rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where by he and other marchers were satisfied by greatly armed point out and area law enforcement who attacked them with golf equipment, fracturing Lewis’ cranium.
Visuals from that “Bloody Sunday” stunned the nation and galvanized assist for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.