Millions across America are remembering the life of John Lewis.”John was a soldier, a brave warrior and I’m going to miss him, but I’ll see him after a while,” said Reverend Charles Elliott, pastor of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church.Congressman John Lewis broke barriers as he and others marched peacefully for voter and racial equality back in the 1960s.”God saw fit to bring him in early. There isn’t but 3 or 4 of us living that was on that march Selma to Montgomery,” Elliott told WLKY.Elliott remembers those moments. During the ’60s with Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others marched for the same cause. The price? Sometimes being brutally beaten by local police and hate groups, during their effort to make their voices heard.”We were beaten. Violent, it was the police that was creating the violence on us. I got a knot on me now where a dog bit me,” said Elliott.Through it all, Elliott said Lewis, the son of a sharecropper, remained committed.”He was firm in what he believed in and wouldn’t let nothing stop him from what he was fighting for. From the jails, from being beaten,” he said.It’s what made them friends through the years. And it’s what propelled Lewis into politics, serving as the representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district for more than 30 years until his death.”I can’t cry much about it because I know he’s in a much better place than I am now,” said Elliott.But Elliott says Lewis never lost that passion, the same passion on display decades earlier.”The fight ain’t over. But John got a chance to see that Black lives do matter,” Elliott told WLKY.

Millions across America are remembering the life of John Lewis.

“John was a soldier, a brave warrior and I’m going to miss him, but I’ll see him after a while,” said Reverend Charles Elliott, pastor of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church.

Advertisement

Congressman John Lewis broke barriers as he and others marched peacefully for voter and racial equality back in the 1960s.

“God saw fit to bring him in early. There isn’t but 3 or 4 of us living that was on that march Selma to Montgomery,” Elliott told WLKY.

Elliott remembers those moments. During the ’60s with Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others marched for the same cause. The price? Sometimes being brutally beaten by local police and hate groups, during their effort to make their voices heard.

“We were beaten. Violent, it was the police that was creating the violence on us. I got a knot on me now where a dog bit me,” said Elliott.

Through it all, Elliott said Lewis, the son of a sharecropper, remained committed.

“He was firm in what he believed in and wouldn’t let nothing stop him from what he was fighting for. From the jails, from being beaten,” he said.

It’s what made them friends through the years. And it’s what propelled Lewis into politics, serving as the representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district for more than 30 years until his death.

“I can’t cry much about it because I know he’s in a much better place than I am now,” said Elliott.

But Elliott says Lewis never lost that passion, the same passion on display decades earlier.

“The fight ain’t over. But John got a chance to see that Black lives do matter,” Elliott told WLKY.

Source