John Lewis, a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the Freedom Riders who became a major leader within the Congressional Black Caucus, transitioned on July 17, 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer at age 80.
As a young man, Lewis was an inspirational and brave freedom fighter who risked his life for liberation. Regrettably, in order to advance within the realm of electoral politics and the halls of power, he made decisions and supported policies that were at odds with his earlier politics.
Margaret Kimberley, columnist and editor at Black Agenda Report (click here to support her via Patreon), spoke with Brent Goff on the German network Deutsche Welle about John Lewis and his legacy during the week of the late statesman’s funeral. It is a rather refreshing view in juxtaposition with the shallow platitudes offered by the corporate media and the Democratic Party luminaries who have tremendously dubious records regarding the legacy of the Civil Rights movement. We also highly recommend a recent short interview by Eric Draitser with commentator Irami Osei-Frimpong, whose anti-eulogy is important to consider.