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Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America Paperback – Illustrated, August 15, 2017
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In turbulent times Americans look to the Civil Rights Movement as the apotheosis of political expression. As we confront a startling rise in racism and hate speech and remain a culture scarred by social inequality, there's no better time to revisit the lessons of the '60s and no better leader to learn from than the late Representative John Lewis.
In the final book published before his passing, Across That Bridge, Congressman John Lewis draws from his experience as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful principles for anyone interested in challenging injustices and inspiring real change toward a freer, more peaceful society.
The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis, a close confidant to Martin Luther King, Jr., have never been more relevant. Despite more than forty arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the discipline and philosophy of nonviolence. Now, in an era in which the protest culture he helped forge has resurfaced as a force for change, Lewis' insights have never been more relevant. In this heartfelt book, Lewis explores the contributions that each generation must make to achieve change.
Now featuring an updated introduction from the author addressing the Trump administration, Across that Bridge offers a strong and moral voice to guide our nation through an era of great uncertainty.
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- Publisher : Legacy Lit; Reprint edition (August 15, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316510939
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316510936
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.63 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I'll bet the demonstrations for the late Black Senator will be tremendous and they may insist he be lain in the rotunda. gag (sic) me with a spoon.”
After making my response: “John Lewis was not a senator, he was a representative, and as it happens, he was MY representative all the time I lived in Atlanta, and I voted for him and knew him personally. I also read his memoir (years ago, before I was reviewing), and I hold him in deep regard”, I began thinking I’d really like to re-read that book, but somehow in a recent move from GA to NM, I’d lost track of it. Checking Amazon for a possible replacement, though, I came across the Kindle version of this more recent writing, and decided to read it.
What a blessing! Although “Across That Bridge” also contains a bit of memoir material, it is indeed more focused on the spiritual, psychological, and sociological insights which Lewis was so uniquely equipped to share. As I’ve been reading it, I’ve been bookmarking numerous passages that I am planning to share in my personal reflections over the next few weeks as part of my own memorial for this great man. He blessed many by his untiring work in Congress, with his oratory, and through his excellent writing, of which this book is indeed a superlative example.
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Faith, Patience, Study, Truth, Peace and Love are not only the chapter titles of this riveting handbook but are the steps each individual, each community and each nation must take in order to quell this era of hatred in which we find ourselves. While initially Mr. Lewis's prescription of non-violence may seem a bit naive and non-productive to the average reader, allowing this concept to settle deep into one's mindset brings a stunning realism; This is the Only Path to Peace That is Available to Us! We have fought countless wars and slaughtered numerous innocents under the guises that only these atrocious actions can bring peace to our planet. But, in spite of our self-proclaimed accolades we find our present state angrier and more hostile than ever before. How many times must we repeat the same deadly mistake before we turn our hearts inward and realize that peace can only begin when each person, each soul, can have not only peace within himself but with those in his immediate surroundings before we attempt to extend this concept outwards? It is long past the time when we should build international schools and not military drones, extend our hands in an embrace and not to disguise the grenade clutched to our palms, and truly see that ALL men are created equal and not merely made as serfs who can enhance our national political and monetary standing.
To all of you who are reading this review; Buy this book not only as a means of self and national evaluation for today's morass of problems but as a valuable handbook as your life moves on in years. The truths that lie within it will prove to be as applicable as King's and Gandhi's words are today. Lastly, I hope that you will be as humbled by author's simplistic truths as I have been.