From the University that gave us Crystal Gail Mangum comes another “Great Moment in Black History” (my apologies to Dave Chappell for stealing his skit name)
Democrat Congressman tells Graduates to “Get Into Trouble!”
Now, just yesterday, he was in Durham and spewing MORE of his NON-SENSE!
Graduates’ time for ‘good trouble’
By Neil Offen email@example.com 419-6646
DURHAM — One of the transcendant heroes of the civil rights era told graduates of N.C. Central University Saturday that this was the time for them to “get into good trouble.”
Speaking at the university’s 117th annual undergraduate commencement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., recalled the beginnings of the fight to end segregation in the South and of his initial commitment to racial justice.
“I heard about Rosa Parks,” Lewis said. “I was inspired by Martin Luther King. I got into trouble. I got into good trouble.”
Lewis, who missed his own college graduation because he was in the state penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., for his non-violent protests of segregation, instructed the 538 students who were receiving their bachelor’s degrees Saturday to follow that example.
“Find a way to get in the way,” Lewis told them during a passionate yet folksy commencement address. “Find a way to get into good trouble.”
Lewis spoke on the 50th anniversary of the day in 1961 when Freedom Riders, attempting to integrate interstate bus stations in the South, nearly died when their bus was firebombed in Anniston, Ala. One of the original Freedom Riders, Lewis himself was severely beaten several times during the period, including on the freedom march in Selma, Ala., which he led.
But, he said, despite the violence, despite the threats and dangers, “we didn’t give in. You must not give in. Keep your eyes on the prize.”
This year’s commencement marked the first time NCCU held two ceremonies, the first one on Friday to award graduate and law degrees. University officials decided after the 2010 spring commencement that the combined ceremony for nearly 1,000 baccalaureate and graduate students had become too long and unwieldy.
The football stadium stands still were filled almost to capacity Saturday, with families and friends of the graduates loudly cheering them on, from the moment they marched onto the field.
Sherry Lawson had come with 17 other family members from Washington, D.C., to see her son, Wesley, graduate.
“Oh, you just don’t have an idea how happy I am,” Lawson said. “Do you want to see me do my happy dance? This is just a great moment for the entire family.”
It was a great moment, as well, for Ashley Griffin, who was receiving her diploma during the ceremony.
“It went by so fast,” Griffin said. “I can’t believe it’s over.”
And here is the story of his arrest in 2009 via an Atlanta News Station.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fifteenth Day of May in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.