One of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, John Lewis had his first view of equality when he was 12 years old, on a family trip to Buffalo, New York. Now a distinguished U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District, he spoke with Krista Tippett about the beginnings of the Beloved Community and the intense belief needed to create something from nothing. You can listen to the full audio below. But if you don't have the time to put your headphones in, here's a transcript of Mr. Lewis sharing how the future is created.
“When I was 11 years old, I traveled one summer with an uncle and aunt and some of my first cousins from rural Alabama to Buffalo for a trip. I had never been outside of the South. And being there gave me hope. I wanted to believe, and I did believe, that things would get better. But later, I discovered, that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward, it is already done. It’s already happened. And you live that you’re already there. That you’re already in that community. Part of that sense of one family, one house, if you visualize, if you can even have faith that it’s there, for you, it is already there. And in the early days of the movement, I believe that the only true and real integration, in the sense of the beloved community, existed within the movement itself. Because in the final analysis we did become a circle of trust. A band of brothers and sisters. So it didn’t matter if you were black or white. It didn’t matter whether you came from the north or the south. We were one.”
The future you're envisioning is already out there. Walk toward it. Let nothing and no one stop you.