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Lewis stresses unity, education at town hall meeting
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
June 21, 2012 01:51 PM | 1482 views | 6 6 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Morrow Mayor JB Burke, Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell and Fifth District Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., address the more than 40 Morrow residents.
From left, Morrow Mayor JB Burke, Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell and Fifth District Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., address the more than 40 Morrow residents.
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From his humble beginnings as one of nine children on a small farm in Alabama to his rise in the Civil Rights movement and his public service at many governmental levels, culminating in Washington, Fifth District Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., said his upbringing has taught him that public service is the most rewarding career.

More than 40 people crowded the Morrow Council chambers as Lewis conducted a town hall meeting last Saturday where he answered questions and reflected on a range of topics, from the upcoming anniversary of the Civil Rights conflict between police and peaceful Civil Rights marchers in 1963 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the Selma to Montgomery March in 1963 to gay marriage and other key topics.

Throughout his address, attended by Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell as well as Morrow Mayor JB Burke and Clayton County School Board member Mary Baker, Lewis continually referred to the influence his mother had on him, especially in regard to work.

“She always told me that hard work never hurt anyone,” Lewis said. My mother never failed to encourage me to keep an eye on the prize.

Lewis also reflected on his participation in the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights march and his association there with many of those in the movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It was there that I met the icons of the Civil Rights movement, such as Dr. King and Rosa Parks,” he said, adding that of those icons of the movement, he is the only one remaining to carry on the legacy.

“If someone would have told me as I was growing up on that farm in Alabama that I would meet and have a strong association with the icons of the Civil Rights movement, I would have thought they were off their rocker,” Lewis said.

With a number of small children attending, Lewis encouraged parents to see that their children received a good education.

Looking at the assembled children, Lewis challenged the children to obey their teachers “and never, ever give up or give in.”

The congressmen emphasized that, “we are all one people, one family, one house and we have got to pull together for together for the common good.”

In regard to education matters, Lewis said people have got to make an investment in education and support teachers.

“The teachers that I had growing up made me what I am today,” Lewis said. “I would very much like to see a teacher nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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Oscar Knight
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July 02, 2012
...Morrow Minder; I was referring to Clayton County when I made this comment about John Lewis....Not Our Country.

...Unity begins at Home.
Oscar Knight
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June 30, 2012
..Morrow Minder; For most of the readers of my blogs, I cannot make any guarantees to hit a Home Run, or to achieve a Batting Average of 1,000 when I come up the plate.

....I might make some of the people happy some of the time, but, I cannot make all of the people happy all of time with my blogs.
Oscar Knight
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June 21, 2012
...If John Lewis can quit talking about The Civil Rights movement, from the early sixties long enough, maybe we can have some "unity" in this county.

....Riddle Me with this :

......Why does John Lewis continues to bring up the past and The Civil Rights Movement ?........It's as if has made a career from this. In my opinion; The only thing that this does, is to a ignite a spark for separation between our multi-culture societies.

...Shame on Morrow Mayor JB Burke and Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell for engaging in this lopsided nonsense with Lewis.

Morrow Minder
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June 25, 2012
Do you really believe that Civil Rights are not still an issue of concern in this country? Racism is alive and well. Congressman Lewis is a supporter of human rights and willing to continue the fight to the finish. Normally, I am in agreement with you, Oscar Knight, but this time you are so so wrong and obviously white, like me.
Oscar Knight
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July 17, 2012
...A lot boundaries was crossed during my generation ( The Baby Boomers) during the sixties.

....This is what I have learn, during my lifetime :

......If everyone was of the same race and skin color, there would still be prejudices, indifferent opinions, different social classes, different borders, different tastes, dislikes, crime, violent acts, poverty, and those that don't like to work.

....Common Bonds is what brings individuals to the same table.

...Being stuck in the mud in the someone else's past, gets nobody anywhere.

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