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Houston County Black  Heritage

"Thei​r DNA is BURIED in your SOUL"   ~  "WE are the HOPE and the DREAM of the SLAVE"

MR. JOHN "Preacher" LEWIS

Feb. 21, 1940- JULY 17, 2020

In Aug. 1963. Lewis sits in the street, in protest of Nashville police arresting Lamar Richardson, a Fisk University student. The group was having a sit-in demonstration in front of the B & W Cafeteria.

Mr. Lewis devoted his life advocating for racial equality. Before entering Congress in the late '80s, he was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), protested to end Jim Crow laws, and was a keynote speaker at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. But it was after meeting Rosa Parks — who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man — he became inspired to develop his life's motto:

 "Get into trouble, good trouble,

necessary trouble."

VOTE !

 in the name of

JOSEPH LOWERY

 JOHN LEWIS and

C. T. VIVIAN

 

Mr. C.T. Vivian   ~   July 28, 1924 - July 17, 2020

         Mr. C.T. Vivian, a  "Quiet Warrior" was Martin Luther King’s Field General.  A disciplined advocate of nonviolence. He was on the front lines in the 1960s movement for racial justice. He led sit-ins at lunch counters, boycotts against businesses and marches that continued for weeks or months.



The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery

 October 6, 1921 – March 27, 2020

         The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, was a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination.

          A charismatic and fiery preacher, Lowery led the SCLC for two decades – restoring the organization’s financial stability and pressuring businesses not to trade with South Africa’s apartheid-era regime – before retiring in 1997.

Lowery, considered the dean of civil rights veterans, lived to celebrate a November 2008 milestone that few of his movement colleagues thought they would ever witness – the election of an African American president. 

           At an emotional victory celebration for President-elect Barack Obama in Atlanta, Lowery said, “America tonight is in the process of being born again.” In 2009, Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

 He continued to urge blacks to exercise their hard-won rights by registering to vote.  He said:  “Black people need to understand that the right to vote was not a gift of our political system but came as a result of blood, sweat and tears.”