Speeches by Bottoms, Kemp and Smire


“Dean” Smire of the Georgia House of Representatives spoke of a personal connection to his own career in the elective office. “Elected in 1974, 46 years ago, keeping in mind the events of March 7, 1965, Bloody Sunday,” he said. “John paid a heavy personal price on Selma to the Montgomery March because he was badly beaten and thought he had died. It was because of his courage, commitment to struggle and being in good trouble that he Gave me and many others the opportunity to seek a public position. “

to exploreCoverage of the John Lewis Memorial on Wednesday in the Capitol of Georgia

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John Lewis of Georgia is based in the state capitol in Atlanta. The public had the opportunity to pay the last tribute to Lewis.

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Here is the text of the speech by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“Some 85 years ago, the great Langston Hughes wrote the promise and pain of America.

“‘Let America Be America Again’

“‘Let this be the dream it used to be

“” Let it lead on the field

“” Looking for a house where he himself is free.

“” America was never America for me.

“” America must dream what the dreamers dreamed.

“‘Let it be the great strong land of love

“” Wherever kings have no atrocities nor tyrannical plans

“‘That any man be crushed from above.

“‘It was never America for me.

“Oh, set my land free

“‘Is crowned with no false patriot wreaths

“‘But the opportunity is real and life is free

“There is equality in the air we breathe.”

“Some five years after these words were written, a son of Sharecroper, a descendant of Das, was born and the Lord’s words brought his life to rest.

“Before I made you, I knew you in the womb. Before you were born, I sanctified you, I made you a prophet of nations. ‘

“And this Prophet, our prophet, called upon America to become America again. And so we gather here today, which was in that time, which at one time was the bastion of the Confederacy, together, because it would have been the Prophet. Was, and loved this prophet named John Lewis.

“Like so many I have a deep and disgusting appreciation for Congressman Louise, and I have given it my whole life. I will see my lovely wife Lillian when she came to her mom’s hair salon to get her hair done.” . She was a beautiful. And brilliant woman whose love and affection for John-Miles was evident in every conversation she had.

“I knew Congressman Lewis as the man who worked at SNCC with my aunt Ruby Doris Smith Robinson. He died at the age of 26. Leaving a 2-year-old son. Every time I When he saw the Congressman, he had tears in his eyes.

“He told me stories of being beaten up with him and going to jail together in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He always made sure to ask about his son, Toure.

“While it may take time for an Alabama legend, an Atlanta icon and an American hero, Congressman Lewis to know me, to let us all know that we matter to him.

“And so I don’t think it happened that in his last public appearance, he visited the Black Lives Matters Mural in Washington, DC, and it was around that time that I met him on a zoom call with President Obama and Zoom Was. The Obama Foundation, to the Keeper of My Brother. By his last days, he was calling America again to be America in his words and in his works.

“I was deeply shocked a few days ago when their chief of staff, Michael Collins, shared with me that the Congressman was watching the news of Atlanta closely and was proud of the leadership it has shown. And so the governor, when good If the trouble persists, then know. It is with the blessing of Congressman Lewis.

“And although the fight for freedom and equality continues, Congressman Lewis reminds us to be optimistic, to be optimistic and never to lose our sense of hope.

“Oh, let America be America again

Land that is not yet live

And yet there should be a land where every man is free. “”

Here Gov. Text of speech by Brian Kemp is

“Today, Marty, the girls, and I join countless Georgians and Americans in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis – a titan of the civil rights movement, a beloved Georgian, an American hero, and a friend to all who have done better. Demanded a fair, more united society.

“Congressman John Lewis changed our country in profound and unfathomable ways, and his legacy of passionate service is truly unmatched. As noted, Sharecroper’s son, John Lewis, felt his call at an early age and devoted every moment to the fight for justice, equality, access and opportunity for all people – no matter his skin complexion. He built considerable prestige along the way, and the ‘good trouble’ caused by real change inspired a country and changed this world. No matter where you go, everyone knows the name of John Lewis, and more importantly, they know their record of standing, speaking, and shaking up the status quo.

“At home in the 5th district, this great freedom fighter was the face of a friendly neighborhood, serving his constituents with selfless and open arms. In our country’s most trying moments, Congressman John Lewis taught us a joyful, steadfast commitment to ideals larger than one person or one movement. When faced with violent opposition on a bridge in Selma, Alabama, John Lewis looked evil and injustice in the eye. He did not return that Sunday, because he was immersed in a deep belief that our value was given by God – not by man.

“His example taught us that we have nothing to lose and gain everything by working together and loving each other. And even today, as our nation faces new challenges rooted in a public health crisis and injustice, I know the example left behind by Congressman Lewis, the man who literally retires to the Republican senator Johnny Isakson, to retire. Crossed, it will inspire all of us to overcome our common challenges to do the difficult, necessary tasks and emerge stronger.

“Congress said it best by saying, ‘We love our country, we love our democratic society, so we have to move our feet.” As we mourn his demise, we should all reassert ourselves to the principles he struggled for: the basic foundations of our nation in freedom, liberty and justice for all. The states of America and Georgia will forever be stronger, independent, and more just because of Congressman John Lewis, but we must do to build on our work and keep our heritage alive.

“He urged us to love each other, to walk and to work together – despite our differences, and pushed our state and nation towards a better tomorrow. His leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and his more than 30-year career in public service embodied our highest ideals, and we each – as Guardians and Americans – deserve better for our work. So now – in honor of his memory – we have to ‘move our feet’.

“His words, actions and legacy can continue to serve as the conscience of our country. My family and all the Georgians have their prayers with the family of Congressman Lewis, his loved ones, his staff who worked so hard on his behalf and they were all inspired. God bless you all, and God bless our great state and nation. “

John Lewis of Georgia is based in the state capitol in Atlanta. Georgia State Rep. Calvin Smire speaks of the civil rights icon who died on 17 July.

Text of speech by State Rep. Calvin Smire, D-Columbus

“To the family of John Robert Lewis, welcome to the Rotunda of Georgia State Capitol where today we pay our last respects and show our appreciation to a fallen hero and often say ‘Congressional conscience’ and farewell him We are deeply hurt and we mourn the loss of Congressman John Lewis, yet we cherish the contribution he has made to life and humanity. We thank him for his sacrifices and all those who He gave that others would enjoy a better life. He was a fearless warrior in real life.

“We all have stories of his personal charm, his greatness, his many struggles and the strength of his character. A huge redwood tree has fallen in the Georgia forest of life.

“March 7, 1965, after being elected 46 years ago in 1974, brought to my mind the events of Bloody Sunday. John paid a personal hefty price on Selma to the Montgomery March because he was badly beaten and thought he had died. It was because of his endless courage, his commitment to struggle and being in good trouble that gave me and many others the opportunity to seek public office. History records that it was the events of that dreaded day due to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which opened the way for African Americans to seek public office and bring about the changes necessary to form good public policy, Quality determines life. He always said that voting was so valuable. People died for our right to vote.

“John Lewis, a sharecropper’s son, was told, ‘Don’t get in the way, and don’t get in trouble.” He was inspired by Rosa Parks, whom he met at the age of 17, and a year later at age 18 when he met Martin Luther King Jr. Those two men inspired John Lewis to get in the way and find the necessary good trouble.

“In the emotional John Lewis speech played during the US Capitol Memorial, which brought tears to my eyes, he gave us a mandate and left: a mandate, a mandate to speak and speak, a mandate to find a way to go. And make our state and country a better place. He said, “Have faith, we will not back down, we are going forward.” We must keep faith and that is our moral obligation. Never be bitter; Never hate Do not; We are one people. There may be some shortcomings, but we must always have faith. Never give up; never give up; this is our call.

“John, in your memory and as a legacy, you will continue to inspire us, inspire us and be a solid source of strength.” You will be missed, but we will cherish memories and moments. You left us with many challenges to seek answers and some principles to guide us. Your mark on America is forever established and recorded.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘If a man has not discovered something for which he dies, he is not worth living.’ John Robert Lewis finds that he will die: Freedom, oh freedom. The loss of John Lewis reminds us that we never fear where we are going when we know God is going with us. God with you Ho, John Robert Lewis. Well done, your faithful servant. Very well done.

“Our Closing Prayer: Lord of all, we praise you for all who have entered the rest of their lives and have reached the Promised Land where you appear face to face. Lord, give us your feet Give us grace to follow as they walk in the path of your Son. Thank you for the memory of those you have called to you: From each memory, turn our hearts to the things seen from the unseen, and us Take the lead until we come to the eternal rest prepared for your people, in your name we pray. Andastu. “

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