Wednesday September 23, 2020

John Lewis and John Hume were men cut from the same cloth

John Hume and John Lewis fought for civil rights on their respective sides of the Atlantic and died three weeks apart. Their struggle was heroically non-violent, and both men suffered on the long road to victory

9th August, 2020
In 2014, The Faith & Politics Institute journeyed to Northern Ireland to explore the sectarian divide and eventual reconciliation. Here, Congressman John Lewis crosses the Peace Bridge with John Hume, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize in Derry, Northern Ireland

“When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.”

These are not the words of a man born in the overcrowded small terrace house of his grandparents on Lower Nassau Street on the outskirts of northern Derry, near Creggan Burn Park. But they might well have been.

Instead, they come...

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