Meeting John Lewis

Yesterday, as an invited guest of the American University School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) Washington Semester Program, I met with Congressman John Lewis in Professor Dan Freeman’s Public Law class.  It was surreal to be in the presence of such storied heroism.

Congressman Lewis was everything I had hoped for — down to earth, engaging, inspiring, and larger than life.  He is a product of his past, beginning as the son of sharecroppers, then becoming a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr, and now serving as a Congressman with a distinguished his civil rights record.  Roll Call magazine wrote, “John Lewis…is a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.” Professor Freeman’s class and I met that person face-to-face.  He filled the room with his indomitable energy and spirit.  The students and I will not forget the meeting with the courageous Representative John Lewis.

Another hero in the room yesterday deserves attention.  I was moved by Dan Freeman’s elegant teaching and insightful interactions with students.  Professor Freeman possesses eloquence and grace addressing his class.  He truly cares; this only supplements his encyclopedic knowledge of Public Law.  He makes learning fun!  I am grateful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with these change agents who bring more justice to the world.  

I posted this blog entry here on March 21:


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