U.S. Rep. John Lewis's last words appeared in the New York Times on July 30th. They are from an essay the civil rights leader wrote shortly before his death. He intended it to be published on the day of his funeral. Read by Morgan Freeman, it begins: "While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life, you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference to our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world, you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity." It then begins to conclude: "Though I many not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart, and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life, I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace -- the way of love and nonviolence -- is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring." The essay ends with: "Walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."
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