Dr. Richard D. Land on How Important is John Lewis’ Legacy?


What an extraordinary week we have just witnessed. If you are an American of a certain age (old enough to remember the images of  “Bloody Sunday” in Selma in March 1965), you stared in wonderment as the television projected images of Alabama State Troopers, now a fully integrated force, standing at attention as an honor guard for the late Congressman John Lewis. Was this really the same organization that charged on horseback into the crowd of non-violent demonstrators and fractured John Lewis’s skull on “Bloody Sunday”? Yes it was.

John Lewis lying in state in the Alabama State Capital in Montgomery, where Gov. George Wallace had proclaimed, “Segregation Now! Segregation Tomorrow! Segregation Forever!” is a powerful image for people of my generation.