The Greatest Generation refers to these who lived through the Great Depression or fought in World War 2.
For blacks in America - Our Greatest Generation survived a more brutal depression and fought a war for freedom. This war was not fought on foreign soil but on the streets of America, in our schools and our churches.
Our Greatest Generation boasted warriors like Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Malcom X, Fannie Lou Hammer and many more who had the audacity to believe they could change the world and while some were cruelly taken from this earth. Some were spared to continue the fight from our generation into another.
John Lewis was one such giant who transcended time and history becoming the bridge between the world that was and the world we hoped for. John Lewis was one of the thirteen original freedom riders, the youngest speaker at The March on Washington. Reflecting on his life and legacy one cannot help but be filled with awe and admiration. Along with his triumph and victories is the reality that many of the evils he fought in his youth are still the realities of so many today. Join Lewis received many honors in his lifetime. He received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage and in 2011 he also received The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor.
Knowing the things he knew and seeing the things he saw while having the insights he was blessed to have, how would he have seen our future? Would he see it with apprehension, fear and dread; or hope?
Watching this generation rising up against oppression, brutal abuse of power; how could it not be hope? In the end we know that John can rest peacefully in the the words of the Apostle Paul.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I kept my faith. Rose Rock is a native of South Carolina and the mother of comedians Chris and Tony Rock.