They buried our friend Georgia Congressman John Lewis Thursday afternoon following one of the most moving home going services you will ever see. As I think about Congressman Lewis, I can’t help but recall how much it meant for him to see people not only register, but go vote. Before the nation’s Voting Rights Bill
“It was as if God had a master plan, bringing so many uncommon people of such rare strength and vision together in one place at one time,” the Rev. C.T. Vivian is quoted as saying in David Halberstam’s book featuring the young people involved in the early civil rights movement in and out of Nashville.
Congressman John Lewis was and always will be one of my heroes. I met him in the late 1960s while I was a student at Tennessee State University. I wrote about him from time to time after I went to work in 1971 at The Tennessean. While heading the Voter Education Project, based in Atlanta,
Tennessee State University broad jumper Ralph Boston entered TSU in the Fall of 1957. He won a Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, a Silver Medal at the the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and a Bronze Medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Ralph was like family to the Tigerbelles and earned
Charlene Rudolph is the sister of Wilma Rudolph, who became the first American woman to win three Gold Medals in one Olympiad, in Rome in 1960. In addition to winning the 100 meter dash, Wilma brought home the gold in the women’s 200 meter dash, and with team mates Martha Hudson, Barbara Jones and Lucinda