John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. (July 30)
BILL CLINTON: John Lewis was a walking rebuke to people who thought, well, we're ain't there yet, and we've been working a long time, isn't it time to bag it? He kept moving. He hoped for, and imagined, and lived, and worked, and moved for his beloved community. He took a savage beating on more than one day. But no matter what, John always kept walking to reach the beloved community.
He got into a lot of good trouble along the way. But let's not forget, he also developed an absolutely uncanny ability to heal troubled waters.
GEORGE W. BUSH: From Troy to the citizens of Nashville, from the Freedom Rides to the March on Washington, from Freedom Summer to Selma, John Lewis always looked outward, not inward. He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospels in word and in deed, insisting that hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope.