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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Open Letter To John Lewis From David Randolph

John Lewis and David Randolph 2009

March 1, 2013

Dear John,
I saw you being beaten in Selma nearly fifty years ago and got on the plane and marched with Dr. King and others.  You recovered and made it to Montgomery and Washington and the Civil Rights Act of 1965 guaranteeing equal voting rights for all Americans.

I saw you being beaten in Washington and this time the blows were so robed in power that people might not notice that while Americans are celebrating Dr. King we are adjudicating Gov. Wallace. The lips of the Justices are dripping with the words of “racial entitlement” while threatening to trample voting rights as surely as the horses of those Alabama police.

I must get on my electronic plane this time, John, because my place in the march now is with the disabled and we have our work cut out for us in California where I live now. But I want you to know that I am with you now in Washington as deeply as in Selma. I know you will help us by the shining sea of the Pacific and we will support you to the shining sea of the Atlantic until our land is truly good and crowned with brotherhood and sisterhood for all Americans.

Thank you once again, John, and let us know how we can help you most in this movement of the Great Parade for love and justice.

With cheers beyond tears,
David James Randolph
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