In Memoriam
Two champions of equality and justice

From 1963
"I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping this nation. Get in and stay in the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete. To those who have said, "Be patient and wait," we have long said that we cannot be patient. WE do not want our freedom gradually. We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again. We want our freedom and we want it now."

Link to Barack Obama's eulogy of Mr Lewis.
Link to the obituary from the New York Times

Memorable Quotes

  • People do not choose rebellion, it is forced upon them. Revolution is always an act of self- defense.

  • Blacks have a condition, not a problem Whites have the problem, racism, that creates our condition.

  • In no way would we allow nonviolence be destroyed by violence.

  • We learned how to solve social problems without violence. We cannot allow the nation or the world to ever forget that.


Link to obituary from the New York Times