Upon the funeral for John Lewis

Today, one day after his funeral, I feel compelled to offer my own little addition to the eulogies and prayers delivered by many great people from this country and around the world.

I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting John Lewis on an airplane that I was riding as I was returning home from an ACC basketball tournament in 200(?) I got up from my seat and ventured into first class where he was sitting. By way of introduction, I told him that I used to work for Senator Connie Mack and for various members of the House before that. He responded by saying he was glad to meet me.

I, of course, was in the presence of greatness of mythological proportions, and knew it.

But I knelt down and we conversed for a few minutes. Looking back, it wasn’t much but it was a ton. History will forever illuminate his place of honor in the history of our country.

“[O]n the ride to jail, “dread gave way to an exhilaration unlike any he had ever known.” (Taylor Branch, writing about John Lewis upon his first arrest, with at least 44 more to come)

Lewis would later describe it as a sense of liberation, of crossing over. He and his fellow activists showed that hope is as much a practice as a feeling. (Michelle Goldberg, NY Times, July 30, 2020)

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I worked on Capitol Hill and then lobbied for IBM before they made me an IT geek. Redundant? I’m into politics. Now and then, I’ll throw something else in.

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Greg Waddell

I worked on Capitol Hill and then lobbied for IBM before they made me an IT geek. Redundant? I’m into politics. Now and then, I’ll throw something else in.