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Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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The first time this group met him after studying his life's work reading his thoughts on the civil rights movement and watching hours of those painful video tapes of the civil rights struggle they were well prepared. They met him in the rotunda of the office building and one by one they seemed to be overjoyed at their first sight of the hero they had studied , There he is"..they SHOUTED as if they had spotted Michael Jordan. We visited him ( I was the principal of the school and have since retired) for several years. On my last visit we presented him with a framed collection of baseball cards of the first black baseball player from each MLB team.He was ALWAYS more gracious and caring with each of our students ( signing autographs, posing for pictures and answering EVERY question)than anyone could ever imagine.
I mention this because it is through teachers like this connecting young people with heros like John Lewis that demonstrates the true meaning of education. Studying the life of John Lewis and other Civil Rights leaders like him empowers young people. Far too many young people believe that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and that's how Aferican Americans were freed from the horrors of Jim Crow.Read more ›
Faith, Patience, Study, Truth, Peace and Love are not only the chapter titles of this riveting handbook but are the steps each individual, each community and each nation must take in order to quell this era of hatred in which we find ourselves. While initially Mr. Lewis's prescription of non-violence may seem a bit naive and non-productive to the average reader, allowing this concept to settle deep into one's mindset brings a stunning realism; This is the Only Path to Peace That is Available to Us! We have fought countless wars and slaughtered numerous innocents under the guises that only these atrocious actions can bring peace to our planet. But, in spite of our self-proclaimed accolades we find our present state angrier and more hostile than ever before. How many times must we repeat the same deadly mistake before we turn our hearts inward and realize that peace can only begin when each person, each soul, can have not only peace within himself but with those in his immediate surroundings before we attempt to extend this concept outwards?Read more ›
advanced understanding of the core principles of grace born of unearned suffering. John Lewis embraced that understanding and became one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders of the 1960's. What is astounding is the wisdom that this last surviving speaker at the march on Washington has to share in this book. There are fewer and fewer left to give us this first hand living history experience and advice that includes Mr. Lewis lessons from then on thru the divisions of right now.
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A wonderful, thoughtful reflection on an extraordinary life. Cong Lewis' life has been a triumph and his words of wisdom are inspirational and go straight to your heart and soul. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cynthia Bunton
This should be required reading at all churches, bible schools and universities.
These were life lessons experienced and shared by a remarkable man of faith.
Amazing to have the faith to follow your dreams no matter how hard the path was and to do it peaceful, everyone should read this great lesson of faithPublished 11 months ago by pert
Wonderful book by a key figure in the civil rights movement. The book more of a moral lecture than his memoir, "Walking with the Wind. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Schwarz
I think I'm the wrong audience for this book (white and over 70). It's written in a series of chapters that feel like inspirational sermons to young people with the underlying... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sweetwood