Morning Message 7.20.20 He Led us Higher

Posted 2020-07-20 11:47am

“Democracy … will always be altering, shaping, and defining itself….That is the way we move forward, by responding to problem after problem, step-by-step. We will never reach the top of the mountain. The summit will always recede. It is not there to be reached. It is there to give us a direction, a goal. It is there to lead us higher.” Congressman John Lewis, Walking With the Wind, A Memoir of the Movement.

I had the privilege of meeting Congressman John Lewis several times, and one of my cherished possessions is an autographed copy of his memoir with a personal message.

He was repeatedly beaten by Southern policemen and arrested 45 times from 1960-1966.

His greatest legacy was his sense of relentless optimism after having experienced and witnessed injustices that would have given him every reason to despair.

Here was a man who not only lived justice, he risked his life for justice.

John Lewis 1963 Speech

John Lewis: The Selma to Montgomery Marches

Note to Self: John Lewis

Our mission to Learn Law and Live Justice means that we must be optimists in the face of despair, anguish, and outrage.

It means that we must keep moving higher.

Our mission has never been more relevant or more important.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Committed to Living Justice.


Have a great day. Have a great week.

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My best,


Lee Fisher
Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 
| Cleveland State University
Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law

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