In an article published on his funeral, John Lewis called on Americans to let freedom ring.

The late Representative John Lewis called on Americans to "respond to the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe" in an article published by the New York Times on his funeral.

The words of the late congressman were sent to the newspaper two days before his death to be published on Thursday, the day of his funeral. Lewis, the cloak of the civil rights movement, said that in his last days he was inspired by the reform of social justice and the activity that swept the boycott in the wake of the police killings of black Americans.

"You filled me with hope for the next chapter in the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society," he wrote. "Millions of people simply motivated by human sympathy put the burdens of division. All over the country and the world they set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity."

"It was Emmett Teal, George Floyd. It was Richard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Bruna Taylor," Lewis said, adding that he was 15 years old at the time of Teal's brutal death. "I will never forget the moment when it became clear that it could easily have been to me. In those days, our fear of fear was like my imagination prison, and thoughts of worrying about possible brutality that were committed without an understandable and understandable reason."

In June, Lewis visited the newly named Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, which he described as a "strong artwork" and wrote in the article that although he was hospitalized one day after the visit, "I have seen and felt myself That after so many years of silent testimony, the truth is still progressing. "

He wrote that when he was young, like other young people, "he was looking for a way out, or some might say a way out" until he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's voice on the radio. Thinking of King's calls for intolerance to injustice, Lewis said, "When you see something wrong, you must say something."

He wrote "You must do something." Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and every generation must play its role in helping to build what we have called “the beloved group, the nation and the global community in peace with itself.”

He also said that "voting and participating in the democratic process are essential", adding that it is "your strongest peaceful change agent in a democratic society" and everyone should "use it."

At the end of the article, Lewis called on everyone to “continue to build a union between extended movements around the world because we must nullify our desire to benefit from the exploitation of others.” He echoed King’s words, and now said it is America to turn to “Let freedom ring.”

"Although I may not be here with you, I urge you to respond to the highest invitation of your heart and find out what you truly believe," he wrote. "I have done everything in my life to prove that the path of peace and the method of love and nonviolence are the best way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring."

“When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the twenty-first century, let them say that it was your generation that put the burdens of heavy hatred at the end and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression, and war. So I say you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, let the spirit of peace and the power of eternal love Your guide. "

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