A Tribute to John Lewis

John Lewis Speaking at Sojourn To The Past

Upon hearing of John Lewis’s death, I had vivid memories of 2 of my children who went on a trip called Soujour To The Past, in Little Rock Arkansas.

Meeting these icons of the past was an awakening of their soul and spirit and opened their eyes to the injustices that occurred, igniting a thirst of learning in them.

My son Garrett on the left & Minniejean Brown Trixey (middle) member of the Little Rock Nine

My son wasn’t much of a student and although smart, school did not fit his unique and creative learning style until he went on this trip. It was truly a journey of the past and into his own soul as well. I can still remember the excitement when he came home with a twinkle in his eyes.

He had never worked this hard in his life writing, listening to the talks and learning about the history and devouring books. He took so many notes and he was over spilling with this new found knowledge. He was so proud of himself for doing all of the work and it showed him that when he is passionate about something, he has the capacity to immerse himself head first. It was such a joy to witness. I remember listening intently to his blow by blow accounts of the week. He was so inspired and mesmerized hearing John Lewis’s words first hand shared in a talk he gave to the classroom. He captured their hearts and their minds; they were riveted to his every word.

Jeff Steinberg and my son Garret 2004

My daughter on the other hand, found joy in learning in the classroom. She embraced the message of John Lewis and his colleagues and took his message to heart to stand up and speak out for equality and justice no matter what and not back down. Although quiet and a deep thinker, her actions and strength of character do not go unnoticed. The memory ingrained in her heart from the experience is loud and clear by her equality and caring of all people everywhere that she exhibits daily.

My daughter Blair is in there somewhere

Here is a link on Sojourn To the Past

I am forever grateful to this Legend of Love John Lewis and his commitment to his mission.

John Lewis

He continued in his last days to speak truth and stand up to bigotry and hatred and be the voice of equality for everyone everywhere.

His message is simple “We will make bridges to bring us together, not walls that separate and divide.”

Thank you John Lewis our Legend and Hero! We are indebted to you and will keep your voice in our hearts and speak the truth without fear because of your courage and bravery.

We are forever chaged and Blessed for walking the earth with us and helping us on our journey.

Click here and Enjoy the video every time I watch it I am so moved and inspired.

In Love and Light,


Little Rock Central High School where Minnijean Brown Trixey attended

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35 thoughts on “A Tribute to John Lewis

  1. Thank you Cindy that was very moving brings tears to the eyes and opens the heart

  2. Thank you, Cindy, for this heartwarming post. It is a beautiful tribute to John Lewis and all those who fought for civil rights.

    I remember thinking about my son that one day, the light bulb would come on. It has, and that is a beautiful moment for a parent. Your children sound exceptional! All the best, Cheryl

    1. you are so welcome Cheryl. I’m so glad you liked it. Yes, he was exceptional as were so many others.
      It is soooo nice when we see that light bulb go on for sure! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. They really are incredible “kids”. And yours as well! β€οΈπŸ™

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  4. //We will make bridges to bring us together, not walls that separate and divide//

    Excellent saying by John Lewis.

    I learned something new today through your wonderful post.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. He really was an amazing person that touched the lives and hearts of many people. It’s so great he had an impact on the lives of your children.

    1. Totally true! My kids were sooo lucky and so many children that got to meet him and all of the other amazing Civil Rights icons. I’m so excited because the Founder Jeff Steinberg is so honored by the post, he asked to share it with his community. Of course, I’m honored he’s honored.. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ He was so fortuitis in strarting this incredible program. πŸ™β€οΈ

  6. This is a profound memory. I’ve seen quite a few Americans who were literally touched by John Lewis, which seems to be a testament to his personality and work.

    1. Yes Indeed! He was an amazing man that was so well respected. You are so right. Nice to meet you! I’ll check out your blog as well! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ™

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know. The founder of Sojourn Jeff Steinberg was so honored and touched, he asked if he could put it on his Facebook Page. He is the one in the picture with my son. He is also in the video if you get a chance to watch it. I know it is apreciated by many. πŸ™β€οΈ

  7. What a wonderful tribute. Wish I had had a first-hand experience with John Lewis like this. I don’t feel I can do justice to any of these great men, so may I reblog yours?

    1. Thank you Karen! There are so many wonderful people I too wish I knew up close and personal. I would love it and honored as I know he would be as well. Peace and equality to all!!!πŸ™β€οΈ

    2. Hi Karen,
      I hope I responded to this nice comment of your. I thought/think I did. he was a treasured man alright. Feel free to reblog of course. Hope you are well. ❀️ Cindy

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