John Lewis’ ‘listening ear’ was a gift

John Lewis’ ‘listening ear’ was a gift

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first_imgSkip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The last time I had an opportunity to deter him was at Julia’s Restaurant.Someone called The Messenger to say that Congressman John Lewis was having lunch at Julia’s. I didn’t want to disturb him but I went. I told the young man with him that, if the congressman had a few minutes after he finished lunch, I would appreciate speaking with him. But I wasn’t in a hurry. I busied my time with a bowl of banana pudding at a corner table.After a time, the young man came over and said Congressman would be over but he was on a tight schedule and only had a few minutes. Book Nook to reopen Email the author While still a young man, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.In the summer of 1963, I was working as a pantry girl at Yellowstone National Park. On the night of June 10, all employees at Canyon Village were called together to pray for the people from Alabama who were supporting Gov. George Wallace in his attempts to block the integration of public schools.In August of that same year, John Lewis from Pike County, Alabama, spoke at the March on Washington. Both of us were from rural South Alabama and had grown up only a few miles apart. I was making salad trays and he was making history. You Might Like Rethinking how we deliver medical care Governor Ivey imposed a statewide mask mandate last week as Alabama’s intensive care units (ICUs) approached capacity.  We have experienced… read more By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits I asked a couple of questions of the Congressman and, for some reason, we began talking and laughing about growing up in rural Pike County – kicking cans and catching minnows and such. The young man came and said it was time to go. The next time, he came, he asked me to end the interview. Congressman Lewis said, “This is not an interview. We are talking.” And, we kept talking.A regret is that I didn’t jot down our conversation that day. It was not anything of importance, just memories of yesterday. But, what I remember is the willingness of a man who has done many great things to sit and talk about marbles with one who has not.Perhaps, Congressman John Lewis’ great success included his willingness to communicate with those around him and to have a listening ear even when nothing of great importance was being said. John Lewis’ ‘listening ear’ was a gift Published 8:05 am Saturday, July 25, 2020 Sponsored Content Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell I’m not sure when I first met the Congressman from Georgia. But my memory is clear on the day he received his library card from the Troy Public Library, the card that had been denied him as a youngster.As we waited for the presentation, Congressman Lewis sat and talked about books and libraries. He talked about the Carnegie Libraries and the positive impact they had on people of all ages. I told him about walking to the Carnegie Library in Eufaula during the summers when I visited my aunt and going home with a wagonload of books. He gave me a copy of his book, “Walking with the Wind” and signed it with “Thanks for all you do.”Congressman Lewis visited Pike County from time to time and he was always willing to share a few words and lend a listening ear. Latest Stories Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

 

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