America Mourns Two Civil Rights Heroes
Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis died yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 80.
Lewis served as the U.S. representative for Georgia for more than three decades.
Rev. Cordy Vivian also passed away at age 95 of natural causes. The two towering figures of the American civil rights movement were followers of the late Dr. Martin Luther King since the early1960’s.
Lewis became involved in the civil rights movement at the age of 15 years old and served 17 terms in Congress since he was first elected in 1986.
Tributes to Lewis are pouring in from politicians, world leaders and former U.S. presidents.
We as the Asian American community also want to express our sincere condolences to this great man.
Ever since the early 1960’s, there is still racial segregation in this country. The sacrifices of Dr. King and these two civil rights giants notwithstanding, we still cannot get equal rights and equal opportunity to come to this land.
Today because our nation is facing so many issues including racial strife and an economic downturn, we need to be united to help each other, especially in the African-American and minority communities. Because without education and a strong economy, there cannot be an equal chance at a time when the nation faces even more problems.
History is a mirror for us. When we look back many years ago, the civil right movement was really turning this country around. We hope that all of us can learn about their past accomplishments. We hope our nation will become more harmonious and peaceful.