Books from the South in Villefranche du Rouergue (12)
Sippy - Cup - Controversy
A LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING "SIPPY CUPS"
RELIGION
A YOUNG TEENAGER WALKS INTO HER FAMILY LIVING ROOM DRESSED IN PYJAMAS FOR BEDTIME. FATHER AND DAUGHTER SIT DOWN FOR A LOVING HEART TO HEART TALK ABOUT YOUTH AND UP BRINGING.
Israel Kibbutz Father - Emotional statement by man who lost wife and two sons in kibbutz shooting
TAPE: EF02/0957 IN_TIME: 23:59:06 DURATION: 1:19 SOURCES: CH2 RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Kibutz Metzar, 11 Nov 2002 SHOTLIST: 1. SOUNDBITE: (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: "I always edited what you shot, every time you filmed people, and I listened to you expressing your condolences, afterward I would call my wife and ask her to hug the two boys. But the tragedy of the situation never really touched me. Now it's hurt me inside." 2. Wide of bodies being carried out of stretchers as voice continues 3. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: (Crying) "I am a child of 34 and now I will have to say kaddish (Jewish prayer for the dead) for two little children - it's an entire family. Noam, had two pacifiers, one in his mouth and one in his hand. This is how he would fall asleep. How can a man - if you can call him a man - shoot a boy with two pacifiers and kill him?" 4. Various still pictures of the two slain children as voice continues 5. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose wife and two sons were killed in Kibbutz Metzer: "Three entire worlds have disappeared. They loved life so much." 5. Wide of Ohion being supported walking away STORYLINE: The father of two small boys shot as their mother read them a bedtime story late on Monday night spoke of his pain over the loss of his wife and children. Avi Ohion, a news editor for Israeli Channel Two, told his colleagues that although he had been editing news pictures for years, the true tragedy of such attacks had never hit him until now. "How can a man - if you can call him a man - shoot a boy with two pacifiers and kill him? " he said weeping. "Three entire worlds have disappeared. They loved life so much." The gunman, from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, crawled under a security fence in Kibbutz Metzer, just before midnight on Sunday and went on a 20-minute shooting spree before vanishing toward the West Bank, about a kilometer (less than a mile) away. Ohion's wife and their sons Noam, 4, and Matam, 5, were among five Israelis killed in the attack. Kibbutz Metzer, largely made up of immigrants from Argentina and their descendants, belongs to the leftist Hashomer Hatza'ir movement. Members of the community said they have close relations with their Arab neighbors and support the establishment of a Palestinian state.
March Fields/Crowd
OBAMA FATHER'S DAY REMARKS
President Barack Obama delivers father's day remarks at THEARC Theater in Washington, DC PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause continues.) Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you very much. Thank you. Let me just begin by making a few acknowledgements. First of all, I've got some outstanding fathers here in the first row who aren't seeing their kids enough because I'm working them all the time. (Soft laughter.) Three members of my Cabinet -- Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner -- (applause) -- Attorney General Eric Holder -- (applause) -- and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke -- are here. (Applause.) In addition, we've got one of my heroes and, I'm sure, one of yours, somebody who -- whose shoulders I stand on and allowed me to become president of the United States. 10:25:37 And that's congressman from the great state of Georgia -- John Lewis is here. (Applause.) A fierce advocate on behalf of the District of Columbia, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is here. (Applause.) I want to acknowledge the mayor of Washington, D.C. -- Adrian Fenty, in the house. (Applause.) The executive director of ARC, Edmund Fleet is here. (Applause.) I want to thank all the panel discussion participants who are involved in today's events. And I want to thank Nurney Mason -- a Washington, D.C. icon. Nurney founded Mason's Barber Shop in 1961. That's 10:26:34 the year I was born. It's still going strong. He is here with his children and his grandchildren. Where is -- where is he? There he is right there. (Applause.) I could use a little trim, so -- (laughter). 10:26:53 You know, one year ago this week, we kicked off a national conversation on fatherhood and personal responsibility. And members of our administration fanned out all across the country to hear from fathers and families about the challenges that they face. Secretary Arne Duncan, our secretary of Education, held a discussion in New Hampshire about the link between fatherhood and educational achievement. Gary Locke talked to fathers in California about balancing the needs of their families with the demands of their jobs. Secretary Shinseki of Veterans Affairs held a town hall for military and veteran dads in North Carolina. And Attorney General Holder traveled to Georgia for a forum about fathers in our criminal justice system. And in each of these places, each of these leaders posed a simple question. How can we as a nation -- not just the government, but businesses and community groups and concerned citizens -- how can we all come together to help fathers meet their responsibilities to our families and communities? And we did this because we know the vital role fathers play in the lives of our children. Fathers are our first teachers and coaches, or in my house, assistant teachers and assistant coaches to mom. But they're our mentors, our role models. They show us by the example they set the kind of people they want us to become. 10:28:45 But we also know that -- what too many fathers being absent means, too many fathers missing from too many homes, missing from too many lives. We know that when fathers abandon their responsibilities, there's harm done to those kids. We know that children who grow up without a father are more likely to live in poverty. They're more likely to drop out of school. They're more likely to wind up in prison. They're more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. They're more likely to run away from home. They're more likely to become teenage parents themselves. And I say all this as someone who grew up without a father in my own life. He left my family when I was 2 years old. And while I was lucky to have a wonderful mother and loving grandparents who poured everything they had into me and my sister, I still felt the weight of that absence. It's something that leaves a hole in a child's life that no government can fill. So we can talk all we want here in Washington about issues like education and health care and crime. We can build good schools. We can put money into creating good jobs. We can do everything we can to keep our streets safe. But government can't keep our kids from looking for trouble on those streets. Government can't force a kid to pick up a book or make sure that the homework gets done. Government can't be there day in, day out to provide discipline and guidance and the love that it takes to raise a child. That's our job, as fathers, as mothers, as guardians for our children. Now the fact is, it's easy to become a father, technically. Any guy can do that. It's hard to live up the lifelong responsibilities that come with fatherhood, and it's a challenge even in good times, when our families are doing well. It's especially difficult when times are tough, families are straining just to keep everything together; in a time of war, many of our military families are stretched thin, with fathers doing 10:31:14 multiple tours of duty far away from their children; in difficult economic times, a lot of fathers are worried about whether they're going to be able to keep their job or find a job, or whether they'll be able to pay the bills and give their children the kinds of opportunities that, if they didn't have them themselves, at least they wished for their children. There are a lot of -- lot of men who are out of work and wrestling with the shame and frustration that comes when you feel like you can't be the kind of provider you want to be for the people that you love. But here's the key message I think all of us want to send today to fathers all across the country. You 10:31:54 know, our -- our children don't need us to be superheroes. They don't need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present. They need us to show up and give it our best shot, no matter what else is going on in our lives. They need us to show them, not just with words but with deeds, that they, those kids, are always our first priority. Those family meals, afternoons in the park, bedtime stories, the encouragement we give, the questions we answer, the limits we set, the example we set of persistence in the face of difficulty and hardship, those things add up over time. And they shape a child's character, build their core, teach them to trust in life and to enter into it with confidence and with hope and with determination. And that's something they'll always carry with them, that love that we show not with money or fame or spectacular feats but through small daily acts, the love we show and that we earn by being present in the lives of our children. Now, unfortunately, the way we talk about fatherhood in this country doesn't always reinforce these truths. And when we talk about issues like child care and work-family balance, we call them women's issues and mothers' issues. Too often, when we talk about fatherhood and person -- personal responsibility, we talk about it in political terms -- in terms of left and right; conservative, liberal -- instead of what's right and what's wrong. And when we do that, we've gotten off track. So I think it's time for a new conversation around fatherhood in this country. We can all agree that we've got too many mothers out there forced to do everything all by themselves. They're doing a heroic job, often under trying circumstances. They deserve a lot of credit for that. But they 10:34:06 shouldn't have to do it alone. The work of raising our children is the most important job in this country, and it's all of our responsibilities: mothers and fathers. (Applause.) 10:34:43 Now, I can't legislate fatherhood. I can't force anybody to love a child. But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there's no excuse for male -- failing to meet their obligations. What we can do is make it easier for fathers who make responsible choices, and harder for those who avoid those choices. What we can do is come together and support fathers who are willing to step up and be good partners and parents and providers. And that's why today we're launching the next phase of our work to promote responsible fatherhood: a new, nationwide fatherhood and mentoring initiative. This is a call to action with cities and states, with individuals and organizations across the country -- from the NFL Players Association, to the National PTA, to everyday moms and dads. We're raising awareness about responsible fatherhood, and working to reengage absent fathers with their families. As part of this effort, we've proposed a new and expanded Fatherhood, Marriage and Families Innovation Fund. And we plan to seek out and support the very best, most successful initiatives in our states and communities, those that are offering services like job training or parenting skills classes, domestic violence prevention, all which help provide the kind of network of support for men, particularly those in vulnerable communities. We're also going to help dads who get caught up -- we want to make sure that they're caught up on child support payments, and that we reengage them in their children's lives. We're going to support efforts to build healthy relationships between parents as well, because we know that children benefit not just from loving mothers and loving fathers but from strong and loving marriages as well. And we're going to -- (applause) -- we're also launching a new transitional jobs initiative for ex-offenders and low-income noncustodial fathers, because -- (applause) -- because these are men who often face serious barriers to finding work and keeping work. We'll help them develop the skills and experience they need to move into full-time, long-term employment so they can meet their child support obligations and help provide for their families. And under Eric Holder's direction, our Justice Department is planning to create it's first fathering reentry court for ex-offender dads, and to help -- (applause) -- to help replicate this program in courts across the country. And the idea is very simple: to reach fathers right as they're leaving the criminal justice system and connect them immediately to the employment and services they need to start making their child support payments and reconnecting them with their families. 10:37:33 This program was inspired by leaders like Peter Spokes, who was the executive director of the National Center for Fathering, a good friend to many in our administration, all of whom were deeply saddened by his recent passing. And we are honored to have Peter's wife, Barbara, with us here today. Where's Barbara? I just saw her earlier. There she is. (Applause.) Thank you. So these initiatives are a good start, but ultimately we know that the decision to be a good father, that's up to us, each of us as individuals. It's one that men across this country are making every single day -- attending those school assemblies, parent-teacher conferences, coaching soccer, Little League, scrimping and saving and working that extra shift so that their children can go to college. And plenty of fathers, and men who aren't fathers, as well, are stepping up to serve as mentors and tutors and big brothers and foster parents to young people who don't have any responsible adult in their lives. Even when we give it our best efforts, there will still be plenty of days of struggle and heartache when we don't quite measure up. I'm talking to the men here now. Even with all the good fortune and support Michelle and I have had in our lives, I've made plenty of mistakes as a parent. 10:39:13 I've lost count of all the times when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. And I know I've missed out on moments in my daughters' lives that I'll never get back. That's a loss that's hard to accept. But I also know the feeling that one author described when she wrote that "to have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." (Soft laughter.) Think about that. To have a child is to have your -- your heart walking around -- (chuckles) -- outside your body. I -- I'm sure a lot of fathers here know that same memory that I have of driving home with Michelle and -- and Malia right after she was born, going about 10 miles an hour -- (laughter) -- your emotions swinging between unadultered (sic) joy and sheer terror. (Laughter.) And I made a pledge that day that I would do everything I could to give my daughter what I never had: that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father. (Applause.) And since -- like -- like a lot of the men here, you know, since that time I've found there's nothing else in my life that compares to the pleasures I take in spending time with my girls. Nothing else comes close to the pride I feel in their achievement and the satisfaction I get in watching them grow into strong, confident young women. Over the course of my life, I have been an attorney, I've been an -- a professor, I've been a state senator, I've been a U.S. senator. And I currently am serving as president of the United States. But I can say without hesitation that the most challenging, most fulfilling, most important job I will have during my time on this Earth is to be Sasha and Malia's dad. And that -- (applause) -- so you don't need a fancy degree for that. You don't need a lot of money for that. 10:41:41 No matter what doubts we may feel, what difficulties we may face, we all have to remember being a father is -- it's not a -- just an obligation and a responsibility. It is a privilege and a blessing -- one that we all have to embrace as individuals and as a nation. So, happy Father's Day, everybody. (Applause.) God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.) END.
CELEBRITIES
Sound Bite: Adam Shankman – Director – Bedtime Stories I’ve been a fan of Adam’s, I met Adam soon before I offered him the movie, I met him right after he had his baby, I saw him with his baby, I took my first vacation in seven years in Mexico he happened to be there with his buddy Kevin James and I saw him with his baby for the first time, and he was like the sweetest happiest father so I saw and met him as a father and I loved Big Daddy so I knew he would be great with kids.
Sippy - Cup - Controversy
A LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING "SIPPY CUPS" (NAT-AUDIO: DUAL TRACK)
Prescription cult
Middle East Funerals 2 - WRAP Funerals for children killed in Kibbutz, funerals for Palestinian child
TAPE: EF02/0961 IN_TIME: 00:44:43 DURATION: 3:34 SOURCES: APTN/IBA/CH2 RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Various, 12 Nov 2002 SHOTLIST: APTN Kiriat Bialik, Israel 1. Wide shot people at funeral 2. Various of family members and friends crying 3. Close up Avi Ohion crying 4. UPSOUND (Hebrew) Avi Ohion, whose ex-wife and two sons were killed: "So we stayed best friends (referring to his ex-wife), and now I have lost her and my two kids and I can't even call to say how sad I am. She is with them. I am sorry, I wish I could be with them". 5. Various coffins being carried 6. More of father crying 7. Close up Rabbi saying prayer 8. More of precession IBA Israel Recent, home video 9. Various of Matan and Noam swings in garden 10. UPSOUND (Hebrew) five-year-old Matan Ohayon standing on swing and saying: "Mazal tov Papa and Mama, on your 50th wedding anniversary. I love you, Matan." 11. UPSOUND (Hebrew) four-year-old Noam Ohayon standing on other swing and saying: "May you have many many years together. Amen." 12. More of the boys CH2 Israel Recent 13. Still of mother killed 14. Two stills of children killed APTN Rafah, Gaza Strip 15. Body of two-year-old Nafez Mashal being carried into family home 16. Relatives grieving and kissing body 17. Body being carried into mosque and placed next to that of eight-year-old Muhammed Abu Najah 18. Pan from mineret of mosque to crowd of mourners 19. Bodies being carried out of mosque 20. Various of funeral procession 21. Body of Nafez Mashal being placed by his grandfather in a grave STORYLINE: Israeli and Palestinian mourners attended funerals on Tuesday for the latest infant victims of the prolonged Middle East conflict. Hundreds of mourners attended an emotional funeral for two small boys and their mother who were killed by a Palestinian gunman at an Israeli kibbutz on Sunday. The gunman crawled under a security fence at Kibbutz Metzer, a communal farm, then burst into a home and shot dead the mother and her two sons, aged four years and five years old, as they were reading a bedtime story. The gunman then killed two more Israelis before vanishing in the dark. The attack on Kibbutz Metzer stunned Israelis, even though there have been scores of shootings and bombings by Palestinian militants since September 2000. The community had been known for its close relations with Palestinian neighbors and for its residents' support for a Palestinian state. Newspapers said the body of the boys' mother, Revital, aged 34, was riddled with bullets, apparently because she had tried to shield her children Noam, aged four, and Matan, aged five, from the gunman. Also on Tuesday, about 2000 mourners attended the funeral of two-year-old year Nafez Mashal and eight year-old Muhammed Abu Najah, in the Gaza Strip Nafez Mashal was living in Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said the toddler was killed by Israeli army fire from a nearby outpost while he was playing ball with other boys. Mohammed Abu Naja died on Monday from wounds sustained a week ago, when he was shot by Israeli soldiers during clashes. The Israeli army denied troops targeted children. It said soldiers came under fire and responded.
1970S FEATURE FILMS
VIEW FROM TOP OF STAIRS AS FAMILY COMES UP THE STAIRS. BEDTIME. FAMILY GOING UPSTAIRS MOTHER FATHER AND CHILDREN. PAN OVER TO CHILDREN'S BEDROOM. THEY STAND THERE. SMILING MABEL. HAPPY FAMILY. "YOU KNOW YOU LOOK JUST LIKE YOUR FATHER" WINKING DAD. MOOD WHIPLASH. MOTHER LAYS HER HEAD ON PILLOW NEXT TO SON. HE SAYS "I'M WORRIED ABOUT YOU" REASSURING MOTHER TELLS SON SHE'S FINE. BOY KISSES MOTHER ON THE LIPS. BEDTIME FOR CHILDREN. MABEL SITS DOWN NEXT TO OTHER SON. HE SAYS "I LOVE YOU." ASKS HER TO LIE DOWN. MOTHER LIES DOWN WITH HER SON. REASSURING AND COMFORTING MOTHER. NICK PACES AROUND SON KISSES MOTHER'S NOSE AND MOUTH. HOLDS UP FIST TO NICK. NICK NODS, APPROVING FATHER. NICK PUTS DAUGHTER TO BED AND KISSES HER. HAPPY FAMILY. NICK STARTS TALKING ABOUT LOVE AND HOW TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER. NICK LEAVES THE ROOM AND STARTS SHOUTING THAT HE NEEDS TO BE OBEYED BECAUSE HE'S THE FATHER. MABEL LEAVES THE LIGHTS ON FOR THE CHILDREN
1950s FEATURE FILMS
PART 1 OF 2 MOVIE BASED ON TV SHOW. ANTHOLOGY. THIS FILM IS A SERIES OF VIGNETTES LINKED TOGETHER WITH THE POPULAR GAME SHOW OF THE LATE 1940S AND EARLY 1950S, "QUEEN FOR A DAY". BETWEEN THE THREE STORIES IS SUPPOSED TV STUDIO FOOTAGE FEATURING "QUEEN" HOST, JACK BAILEY AND HIS SIDEKICKS. JIM MORGAN & FORT PEARSON. THE STORIES: "THE GOSSAMER WORLD", FEATURING PHYLLIS AVERY, DARREN MCGAVIN, RUDY LEE, FRANCES E. WILLIAMS, JOAN WINFIELD, LONNY BURR, TRISTRAM COFFIN, JIGGS WOOD, CASEY FOLKS, GEORGE SHERWOOD. A SIMPLISTIC DRAMA WITH A PERFECT SUBURBAN FAMILY. THEY'RE BOUND FOR TRAGEDY WHICH COMES IN THE FORM OF POLIO FOR THE DARLING SON. "HIGH DIVER", FEATURING ADAM WILLIAMS, KASIA ORZAZEWSKI, ALBERT BEN-ASTAR, TRACEY ROBERTS, LARRY JOHNS, BERNARD SZOLD, JOAN SUDLOW, GRACE LENARD, LEONARD NIMOY, DANNY DAVENPORT, MADGE BLAKE. THE POOR SON OF IMMIGRANTS EAGER FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION. HE'LL DO ANYTHING TO EARN MONEY TO GET TO SCHOOL AND ENDS UP AS A CARNIVAL HIGH DIVER. THE PARENTS NERVOUSLY WATCH THEIR SON PLUMMET FROM THE HIGH DIVE PLATFORM INTO A VAT OF WATER. THE DRUNKEN DIVER THAT HE REPLACES IS A CHARACTER OF PATHOS. "BROADCAST STUDIO", FEATURING MELANIE YORK, CYNTHIA CORLEY, KAY WILEY. IN TELEVISION STUDIO, FILMING GAME SHOW. AUDIENCE OF FAT HOUSEWIVES APPLAUDING. BEHIND-THE-SCENES. LIVE TV AUDIENCE. HIGH ANGLE OF BUSY CITY STREET. WOMEN ON SIDEWALK SHOPPING. SUBURBAN HOME. UPPER CLASS HOME. THE HOUSEWIFE AND HER DAY. TECHNICIAN COUNTDOWN. TEN SECONDS TO GO, POINTS, "ON THE AIR". AUDIENCE LAUGHS. MAN QUESTIONS WOMAN. SHE WANTS TO WIN AN AUTOMATIC EGG CLEANER. BIZARRE. WOMAN ON PHONE IN OFFICE LOOKING FOR EGG CLEANER. IN OFFICE TALKING ABOUT SHOW. MAN OPENS LETTER WITH LETTER OPENER. MAN READS LETTER. FADES TO FIRST STORY... WOMAN AT DESK WRITING. NICE RESIDENTIAL HOME. BOY PLAYING IN YARD WITH DOG. BOY PRETENDING TO BE FARMER. SMALL "FIELD". DOG BARKS. MOTHER COMES HOME FROM SHOPPING. LOVING FAMILY. FAMILY LOVE. BOY SEES FARMER WITH HORSE AND WAGON GOING DOWN STREET WITH WAGON FULL OF BALES OF HAY. BOY RUNS TO IT AND GOES INTO STREET TO PICK UP HORSE POOP FOR FERTILIZER. MOM YELLS, WORRIED THAT HE IS IN THE STREET. MOM AND BOY AT TRAIN STATION, WAIT FOR TRAIN. BOY WAVES TO TRAIN ENGINEER. DAD GETS OFF TRAIN, PICKS UP BOY. BOY PLAYS WITH SHADE AT NIGHT. GETS TUCKED INTO BED. DAD COMES HOME FROM COMMUTE. BOY ASKS IF PEOPLE GET PAID TO HAVE FUN. PARENTS OUTSIDE AT NIGHT. NICE SUMMER NIGHT. VERY IMAGINATIVE BOY. PARENTS TALK ABOUT THEIR CHILDHOOD. POKING CHICKEN WITH FORK. BLACK COOK PUTS CHICKEN INTO OVEN. TRIES TO RUN WATER INTO POT. BOY HITTING PIPE WITH HUGE WRENCH, PRETENDING TO BE PLUMBER. HOUSEKEEPER TALKS TO BOY THROUGH WINDOW. BOY ALL DRESSED UP IN SHORT PANTS AND TIE. COUSIN ARRIVES FOR VISIT, WEARING SUIT AND BOWTIE, VISITING RELATIVES. SOUNDBITE, "PLAY NICELY". BOY RUNS OFF, COUSIN LOOKING FOR HIM. BOY CRAWLING IN BUSHES, BIG GAME HUNTER. HUNTING ZEBRA. BOY LAUGHS EVIL LAUGH. BOY IN BED. NAUGHTY. SENT TO BED WITHOUT SUPPER. WOMAN CLEANS HIS HANDS. BOY THROWS STONE AT OTHER BOY. MOM TRIES TO TEACH BOY RIGHT FROM WRONG. BEING PUNISHED. SOUNDBITE, "PETE LIVES IN HIS OWN WORLD". PRETENDING. SMART-ALECK BOY. TALKS BACK, MOM SHAKES THE BOY AND SMACKS HIM ON THE BUTT. BOY LOOKS OUT WINDOW AND SMILES, JUMPS ON BED. GARDEN LUNCH. PARENTS COME HOME FROM SHOPPING. BOY AND DOG GREET PARENTS. HAS AN IMAGINARY FRIEND. CARING PARENTS. BOY SPILLS GLASS OF MILK. HE BLAMES IMAGINARY FRIEND. WON'T TAKE THE BLAME. MOTHER WORRIED. FATHER HAS A TALK WITH SON. BOY BEHIND COUCH. FATHER PUTS TOBACCO INTO PIPE. MISBEHAVING. SON KISSES FATHER. BEGS. MOM SHAKES HER HEAD. PUSH-OVER, SOFTIE. KNOCK AT THE DOOR. MAN ARRIVES WITH LARGE PACKAGE. TOY TRAIN ENGINE. FATHER AND SON LIE ON FLOOR WATCHING TOY TRAIN GO AROUND TRACK. BEDTIME. DAD IS LIKE LITTLE KID PLAYING WITH TRAIN. CHOO-CHOO SOUNDS. DOG RUNS. BOY DRESSED UP FOR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. SCHOOL BUS ARRIVES, CHILDREN HANGING OUT WINDOW. BOY VERY EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL. MOM AND MAID WATCH BUS LEAVE. CU MANTEL CLOCK. MOM CLEANING WINDOWS. DOG BARKS. MOM COMES RUNNING TO GREET SON. BOY BRINGS FRIEND HOME FROM SCHOOL. HAS HUGE COWLICK LIKE ALFALFA. CLEARING EMPTY PLATE. BOY DOESN'T WANT TO EAT. FAMILY AT DINNER. BOY DOESN'T FEEL WELL. SORE MUSCLES. MOTHER LOOKS WORRIED. CAN'T BEND HEAD DOWN. MOM FEELS FOREHEAD FOR FEVER. BOY SICK IN BED WITH THERMOMETER IN HIS MOUTH. MAKING HOUSE CALL. CRICK IN THIS NECK. DOCTOR CHECKS HIS LEGS. LIFTS THEM. GOODNIGHT. DOCTOR TALKS TO PARENTS. BOY HAS POLIO. MOTHER CRYING. FATHER CARRIES BOY OUT TO CAR. TAKING HIM TO THE HOSPITAL. SITS IN MOTHER'S LAP IN CAR. BOY BACK AT HOME. PLAYING WITH TRAINS. MUTUAL DON LEE BROADCASTING BUILDING. HUGE LINE OF WOMEN WAITING TO GET IN. DROPPING CARDS IN FISH BOWL AS THEY COME IN. WOMAN ON STAGE NERVOUS, ALMOST PASSES OUT. TEASING WOMAN. AUDIENCE LAUGHS. WOMAN WANTS HER HUSBAND STRETCHED 3/16 OF AN INCH. SEXUAL INNUENDO. ASKS WOMEN THEIR NAMES. OLD POLISH WOMAN, WANTS SCHOLARSHIP FOR HER SON TO GO TO SCHOOL. YOUNG MAN WANDERING STREETS. LOOKS AT WATCH AT BUS DEPOT. LOOKS AT CLOCK 9:30 TIME ON CLOCK. BUS PULLS AWAY. MISSES BUS. GOES TO CARNIVAL. CIRCUS BARKER TRIES TO GET GUY TO TRY HIS SKILL. BOY WANTS A JOB AT CARNIVAL. WANTS TO JOIN CIRCUS TO TRAVEL TO CHICAGO. HITS HEAD. WINS CUPIE DOLL. SIDESHOW BARKER. SEXY GYPSY GIRLS. VESTAL VIRGINS. HAREM GIRLS. ONE GIRL GIVES BOY THE EYE. LOVE DANCE. HE OFFERS HER A DOLL. HANDS DOLL TO YOUNG COUPLE. FAIR AT NIGHT. MCCALLISTER CARNIVAL. PEOPLE LOOK UP TALL LADDER WHICH DAREDEVIL WILL DIVE OFF OF INTO SHALLOW WATER. "RENALDO". PASSES OUT. AUDIENCE BOOS, LAUGHS AT SCAM. THROWING FOOD. MAN CARRIED OFF. MAN WALKS AROUND BEHIND TENTS. KNOCKS ON DOOR OF OWNER'S TENT. BOY WANTS TO BE DAREDEVIL DIVER TO WORK HIS WAY EAST. TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS TO RISK HIS LIFE. OLD WOMAN KNITS. SOUND BYTE, "YOU AIN'T A PROFESSIONAL". WOMAN ASKS HIS AGE. BOY SLEEPS ON MATTRESS IN CIRCUS TRAILER. BOY REMEMBERS THE ARGUMENT HE HAD WITH HIS IMMIGRANT FATHER. "MAKE SOMETHING OF YOURSELF", SOUNDBITE. HAVING BAD DREAM. BOY TRYING OUT DIVE. AUDITIONING FOR HIGH DIVE ACT. GETTING HIGHER. CLIMBING UP LADDER. WOMAN TELLS OWNER PHONE CALL BECAUSE THE FIRE EATER IS IN JAIL. BOY IS STUPID, TAKING CHANCES. TALKS WITH GIRL. ASKS GIRL HER NAME. IN TANK OF WATER. LOOKS UP AT HIGH LADDER. GULPS, SCARED. KNOCKING ON DOOR OF TRAILER. HIGH DIVER IS DRUNK. "BIRD OF DEATH, SUCKER OF BLOOD", SOUNDBITE. MAN SPITS ON FLOOR IN DISGUST. RANTS AND RAVES. "GENERATIONS OF CIRCUS BLOOD", SOUNDBITE, "TALK BUSINESS". ITALIAN STEREOTYPE ACCENT. BABBLE. DESCRIBES WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DIVE FROM 110 FEET. VERY DESCRIPTIVE. SOUNDBITE, "I PITY YOU, I PITY YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART". SOUND BYTE, "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT". WOMAN THROWS THEM OUT OF TRAILER. GIVES ADVICE. "I'M THROUGH, HEAVEN HELP YOU", SOUND BYTE. MAN TAKES MONEY OUT OF WALLET. BOY LOOKS UP AT LADDER. LOOKS UNSURE.
Mister Orlandini, dog trainer
UK: LONDON: NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK LAUNCHED
TAPE_NUMBER: EF00/0759 IN_TIME: 03:00:53 - 07:28:13 - 09:16:05 LENGTH: 03:18 SOURCES: All APTN except shots 11 & 18 = BBC RESTRICTIONS: BBC = No Access UK/CNN/Euro News/Fox/CNBC FEED: VARIOUS (THE ABOVE TIME-CODE IS TIME-OF-DAY) SCRIPT: English/Nat XFA Eager young hands grabbed at volumes of the latest episode of the Harry Potter series at the stroke of midnight on Friday as bookstores around Britain rang up the first official sales of the boy wizard's fourth magical adventure - a massive hit even before its publication. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the fourth book in the best-selling series by J-K Rowling, which has proven hugely popular with children and adults around the world. Thousands of kids queued for hours to get their hands on the eagerly-awaited volume as bookstores stayed open to accommodate the huge rush on the book. For once these British children have been allowed to stay up way past their bedtime for a reunion with an old friend - Harry Potter, the magical hero of J-K Rowling's books. The adventures of the young wizard have cast a spell over children worldwide, and made the author a publishing phenomenon. The demand for copies of the fourth book 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' has been intense. These children ordered their copies months ago. And on Friday they were invited to a slumber party at Waterstones bookstore to celebrate the launch of the book. Magicians and storytellers entertained the children until the launch at midnight local time (2300 GMT). SOUNDBITE: (English) "I never used to like reading, that much. Harry Potter has got me gripped, so I won't put the book down, I won't do my home work I just read all day." SUPER CAPTION: Emily Starrs, Harry Potter Fan That's great for business as both traditional vendors and internet sellers slug it out to sell the most copies. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Its completely changed children's bookselling. We have eleven year old boys who never read coming in and saying, when is the next Harry Potter coming out.I think its great. So it hasn't just helped the sales of Harry Potter, its improved the sales of children's books across the board." SUPER CAPTION: Jane Smith, Children's Bookbuyer, Waterstones The success has come as a shock to the book's author. Responding to the question of why she thinks the Potter series has become such a craze, Rowling remains modest. SOUNDBITE: (English) "You really should ask the readers. Because there is no formula. I just wrote what I wanted to write. It's the kind of thing I like reading." SUPER CAPTION: J-K Rowling, Author Adults and children have loved the three previous books, buying a total of 35 million (m) copies. SOUNDBITE: (English) "I read the first one in a day, I managed to squeeze the others in yet, but I'm looking forward to doing that.(to his son) And you enjoy it ? (son) Yeah (Father) So it gets him reading and keeps him occupied and entertained." SUPER CAPTION: Stephen Normanton, Harry Potter Fan As midnight approached the excitement was getting too much for some. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Three, two, one (cheering)" SUPER CAPTION: Children At over 700 pages, the book has been criticised as being too long for many children. But in an interview, the book's author, J-K Rowling, justified the latest's installment's length in simple terms. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Well that's how long it needed to be to tell the story. I never set out to write a book of that length. It took me by surprise when I saw the final printout but I think when people have read it they will understand that's how long it needed to be." SUPER CAPTION: J-K Rowling, Author What's certain is that the Harry Potter series is helping the internet generation discover the pleasure of books. UPSOUND: (English) "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter One. The village of Littlehampton still called it the ....." SUPER CAPTION: Pip Railing, Harry Potter Fan Similar scenes are expected elsewhere around the world as the book receives its worldwide launch over the coming days. On Saturday, J-K Rowling will be touring England on a special steam train-part of a campaign of hype normally associated only with adult fiction blockbusters. SHOTLIST: London, UK - July 7, 2000 APTN 1. Children with books 2. Children acting excited 3. Mid shot girl lying reading 4. Close up of girl reading 5. Wide of children 6. Girl lying with her eyes closed 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Emily Starrs, Harry Potter Fan 8. Pan of room 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jane Smith, Children's Bookbuyer, Waterstones 10. Little girl reading book, camera pushes into book cover BBC 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) J-K Rowling, Author APTN 12. Little boy waiting outside 13. People waiting inside 14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Stephen Normanton, Harry Potter Fan 15. UPSOUND: (English) "Three, two, one (cheering)" 16. Various children get their books 17. Magician gives out books BBC 18. SOUNDBITE: (English) J-K Rowling, Author APTN 19. Various people buy books 20. UPSOUND: (English) Pip Railing, Harry Potter Fan 21. Close up book cover ?
Entertainment Daily: American Pie 2 - The sexually frustrated youngsters party on at Deauville
TAPE: EF01/0654 IN_TIME: 13:31:40 DURATION: 4:21 SOURCES: APTN/Universal Pictures RESTRICTIONS: No re-use/re-sale of film/video/tv clips without clearance DATELINE: Deauville, France. 2/9/01 SHOTLIST Clip - 'American Pie 2' Sot- Tara Reid - on the movie being helped by innocence - "There is an innocence about it. There is an innocence about not knowing. There is an innocence about hurting over a relationship or liking a girl or not liking a girl, or getting the guy or not getting the guy. That never changes even as an adult. So I think that with even the gross out humor in it, that's what makes it really funny, kind of because of the innocence. It's kind of a double whammy." Clip - 'American Pie 2' Sot Shannon Elizabeth - on success of first movie - "It portrayed girls in a different light too. It made the girls much stronger. In other films the girls are the pawn and I think the first film the girls were stronger than the guys in a lot of ways and I think teenagers, especially teenage girls love that, they can relate to that. That helped as well." Clip - 'American Pie 2' Sot - Sean William Scott - on his character - "I was pretty shy in school and I had a lot of great friends and in a sense I was an athelete so I could relate in that way. I took Stifler from guys that I went to school with that had qualities that I thought were a lot of fun and I thought would be interesting but obviously some of that was unlikeable. I always felt like you have to be the guy that truly believed in what he said, and if he did that without the intention of hurting somebody, with his words, I thought that would be somewhat acceptable." B-Roll Tara Reid at Party at Deauville Film Festival, France B-Roll Seann William Scott at same B-Roll Jason Biggs B-Roll Seann William Scott chats up women inside party Clip - 'American Pie 2' SOT Jason Biggs - "I believe that American Pie for this generation is very much like 'Animal House' or 'Porkies' was for their generations. Movies about teenagers that are essentially unedited." Clip - 'American Pie 2' SECOND HELPING OF AMERICAN PIE Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, and Shannon Elizabeth have all returned for a second helping of American Pie and to mark the European launch the youngsters held a party at the Deauville Film Festival in France. "American Pie 2" has proved to be just as successful as the first gross-out comedy in North America taking over $110 million at the US box office. Now the gang of sexually frustrated teenagers is coming to take over Europe. The original 1999 movie achieved cult status with young movie goers who saw their own life experiences, or at least those they wished they'd had, mirrored in the wild adventures of the coming-of-age movie. But that was high school and as the audience ages so must the characters. Thus in 'American Pie 2' they've just finished their freshman year at college and are off to a summer -long beach party by the lake to find out more about their sexuality. Or, as it turns out, to just find more sex. The plot revolves around the characters from the last film and their individual quests to quench their lustful urges. Jim (Jason Biggs) is still hopeless with the girls, and his liberal-minded father (Eugene Levy) is still trying too hard to help. Stifler (Seann William Scott) is still unable to keep his urges to himself, while the geeky Sherman (Chris Owen) has dubbed himself the Shermanator. Oz (Chris Klein) is free-er than he'd like after his girlfriend Heather (Mena Suvari) takes off to Europe. Finch's (Eddie Kaye Thomas) fixation with sex leads him to the practice of Tantric yoga which he claims can induce hour-long orgasms, while Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) can't get over his breakup with the gorgeous Vicky (Tara Reid). But it's not all about the guys. According to the publicity, the women in the movie want to have fun and they want adventure...They're ready for shenanigans with the guys, but they're not about to be taken for granted. Which, according to one reviewer, just means they're as uncontrollably horny as the guys. One question on everyone's mind is what will, or could, take the place of the apple pie set piece of the original? Well, it involves glue, a bedtime activity - and a lot of laughter and pain. 'American Pie 2' goes on release in Israel today and will be in cinemas across Europe during October. FILM CLIP DETAILS American Pie 2 Universal Pictures 1 818 777 1000
SENATOR HARRY REID FUNERAL 01082022 131500
[13:56:08] >> Good morning and welcome, Ladies and gentlemen, service of this invite you to turn them off, mobile devices, and keep them off the entire service. Thank you. Leo now please rise for the read family, and remain standing for the processional on. [14:04:19] FOUST>> Welcome friends, family, brothers and sisters all. We gathered today to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of hearing. My name is Marcus Foust and I am honored to have been asked to conduct this service for my friend. On behalf of the reed family, expressed deep and heartfelt appreciation to all of you for attending today, including those who are observing the service remotely via the internet. Special thanks to all who have assisted with this funeral service especially the Smith Center for hosting us today. [14:05:06] Emily is honored by the attendance of President Joseph Biden. First Lady Joe Biden. Vice President Kamala Harris second gentlemen Mr. Joe veal off and former President Barack Obama. We acknowledge the presence of hundreds of other government leaders including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelois, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. Nevada congressional delegation, and other esteemed members and former members of Congress. [14:05:49] We also recognize religious leaders of many faiths, and from Senator Reid's own faith President Russell Ballard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are here today to give gratitude for the man from search Latin America. shaped by a humble upbringing, Harry Reid rose to the become the ultimate champion of the little guy, lifetime of public service, reflects his deep belief and serving others, like the apostle Paul. lifetime of public service reflects his deep belief in serving others like the apostle Paul, [14:06:27] Harry Reid can now say I've fought the good fight, I finished my course. I have the opening prayer for this service will now be offered by Harry and landed his granddaughter. Joy read. the opening prayer for this service will now be offered by Harry and his granddaughter. Joy read. Our first speaker will be president M Russell Ballard, acting president with the Quorum of the 12 apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For many of President Ballard's 93 years. He was Harry's close spiritual advisor. [14:07:11] Following President Ballard's remarks, We will hear personal reflections from each of Harry and Landon's five children. First, Manoj read varinder Then he read, followed by Joshua Tree. Following Josh random flowers will perform the sill song with deep significance to the Green family. We will then hear from leaf read and brewery rate. After Rory concludes we will be honored to hear tributes and memories from the leaders of Congress, where Senator Reid served for 34 years. [14:07:54] First from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and then from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Now the invocation right Hello, Joy Reid. JOY REID>> Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the opportunity to be here on our coffee and celebrate his life. We think the for allowing us to have known and loved. we are grateful that Poppy is at rest and he is no longer in pain. We think these are watching over him until we see him again. [14:08:41] Please bless Poppy to know how much we love him. Please bless that we can carry his desire to learn and kind heart with us. Please help us to look after poppies wonderful children, take care of his favorite person are sweet Grammy. We say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. [14:09:41] >> You got to put the pulpit on that side and then hold on man nine years old when that sidewalk President Dr. Biden Vice President Harris. Mr Mr. Former President Obama. Speaker Pelosi, leader Schumer and other distinguished friends. I greet you warmly.As we gather to honor and remember our friend, colleague, Harry Reid [14:10:12] Alandra Lana, Rory, Lee's Josh and T. It's an honor for me to be invited to speak as we pay tribute to your beloved husband, father, grandfather. And our dear friend. I know Harry less each and every one of you deeply. I bring the love of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the 12 apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are in Landrieu join our church sent him out to their marriage at age 19. [14:10:57] And they've been faithful disciples of Jesus Christ with a firm belief that we are all brothers and sisters, children of a loving father and my calling and son apostle of Jesus Christ. I had many personal visits with my friend Harry. We would counsel together, share personal experiences and faith. [14:11:27] In more recent years, we shared a similar client we each lost sight in one eye and about the same time he and his right eye And me and my left. We used to remind each other that we could walk down the street, ARM and ARM. He can help me see things on the left and I could help him see things on the right at times Senator Reid, he really was all business. [14:12:06] When anyone recall. the conversation was usually quick and to the point. And when our conversation was over. I don't ever remember him saying goodbye. The phone and click the line was dead. was very, very smart. and as I was with his family I was finally able to say to my dear friend. Goodbye. [14:12:39] There was another side of Harry from his humble beginnings and Searchlight, Nevada to his eventual prominence as a world leader, Harry Red was a man of faith and word and indeed, and the no Testament, Jesus Christ Todd and as much as he have done it unto one of the least of these, my brother um, you haven't done unto me. [14:13:18] Harry cared for the least of these. those who are less fortunate, hungry, sick or those who had any number of challenges. Lorraine was also a great teacher of this principle. On one occasion when speaking to students at the Brigham Young University. [14:13:45] He taught about his conviction for service. He said, many have chosen to pursue and educational direction pointed toward lucrative feel. There's nothing wrong he said. he was seeking a career that will bring you financial success. But never forget that clarion call of the Book of Mormon prophet, King Benjamin, when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God. [14:14:30] my dear friend Harry lived what he tied. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints We strive to visit and care for the individual needs of others. Finally, Minister This way, we are representing Jesus Christ And that in as his agents to watch over live and strengthen those around us. [14:15:07] Of Harry Reid's religious leaders, many have commented that he was the best minister in their congregation. Even during his years as one of the nation's most powerful political leaders. He always made time to minister to the least of these and they did it one by one because of his faith in Jesus Christ, never forgot to reach out to the to new Landra and to your family. [14:15:48] We have the assurance that Harry has returned to the God who gave us live and away it says joyful reunion with you after this life, and through the perfect and eternal Atonement of Jesus Christ, you and your family can be reunited. I share my love for you. And my with us as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ that this is true. And I do so In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. [14:17:07] LANA REID>> Hello when my family was planning today's Memorial, My major request was there be one on the program, but it's possible that may backfire. I didn't think that would be me. but I'm actually very glad to talk about my father, and show you how much we love our dad earlier this week when I was thinking about what I might say, my cousin sent me a eulogy. Earlier this week when I was thinking about what I might say. My cousin sent me a eulogy. [14:17:34] My dad gave it his mom for his mom, my grandma Lolo. at her funeral. He said and I quote, it was not one thing that reminded me of my mother, but many little things. And remembering my father here today, I will follow his lead by remembering him in many ways. There are so many little things I'd like you to know about him. For one, he was just really entertaining to be around because of this particular sense of humor. [14:18:13] He made us laugh all the time. No matter where we were or what we were doing. he made life more fun and joyful. Sometimes during church when we got restless, He would jot down a little poem. usually a roses are red type home, but it wasn't the kind of ending to roses or read poems that you would expect, it was really off the wall, and it makes us enjoy church just that much more. [14:18:43] There are some. sorry, as kids, there were endless games. of hide and seek with him and he never tired of tossing us on the bed when he got home from work. He would take us to Baskin Robbins or love its frozen custard almost every night In the summer and he allowed us to get whatever we wanted. He was the same way when he took us out to eat, partly because he liked our leftovers. [14:19:23] He always let us pick and and that gave us some autonomy to feel like our choices were good choices. Also, he was always generous so that was a part of him, allowing us to pick what we want. When I was a kid, my dad used to run marathons. A lot of times he would go on a training run and tell us to come find him. We get in the car with my mom to look for Him and follow Him until He was ready to stop. [14:20:04] Where sometimes we let him out of the car at railroad pass and that he would run to search light once when I was a very little kid. I got to follow my bike all the way on the Las Vegas Strip. When my mom find found out where we Ben, that was the last time I was able to follow him down the Las Vegas Strip. [14:20:24] My dad was a great friend and he had a eclectic group that he stayed close to his all his whole life. There were many times I got to hear him call Many of you that are sitting in this room are probably most of you sitting in this room. He enjoyed it. When we brought our friend's home. As we grew up, our house was a gathering place. We'd love to be at home with our parents and they welcomed our friends. [14:20:56] My dad loved this and spent a lot of time getting to know our friends and they became his friends. Later when Steve and I had our own kids we tried to follow the example my parents had set. my parents spent a lot of time our house to get to know our children spreads and we hadn't any Sunday dinners with Grammy and poppy at our house. Something we have missed. Since I moved back to Las Vegas. Our children have so many stories about things their Papa said to their friends. [14:21:30] Some of them shocking but always good natured about 20 years ago, my parents downsized. There was about a six month gap between the sale of their house and when they were ready to move into their condo. So they moved into our basement during that time. The bulk of the basement was the kids play room with a small guest room off to the side. [14:21:58] We loved having my parents live with us. But it wasn't exactly a five star accommodations. My parents shared the trundle bed that all my brothers at one point had slept in. And every morning my dad was forced to maneuver around toys before his security detail, picked him up to take him to the Capitol. How that time I bet he was the only senator who had to navigate Legos play mobiel and the beautiful puppet stage that was made like a castle that my husband Steve and my mom hated. [14:22:36] I look back at that time so fondly because he was pulled in so many different directions. But when when he was home, He was Poppy. He didn't want to talk about work. You wanted to talk about us. He made things fun and joyful for my kids in the same way he had made them financial for me. And just like He made us a priority growing up He made all his grandchildren his priority. [14:23:09] My dad always going out of his way to do things to make me feel special. My all time favorite surprise was on my 11th birthday when my parents took me to see the Osmonds before the concert. I got to go backstage. And all of them. Especially Donnie, which made my 11 year old heart skip a beat and I could barely breathe and I have the pictures to prove it [14:23:42] for himself said to me this week, Thank you for sharing your dad with the country. And at first I was confused because while it is a very sweet sentiment, It's not totally true. The truth is, I didn't feel like I had to share my dad with anyone who was always there for our family and he made time for anything that was important to us. So boy, I'm grateful that he was so beloved by all of you and that the country shares and our families morning He never made a share his time and attention [14:24:22] And I will be forever grateful for that this is the most important thing in my talk. Nobody loves me. The way my dad loved me was a wonderful father who loved me unconditionally. and he always made my mom, me and my brothers his priority. I will miss him greatly. I will love you forever. And I'm grateful that families are forever. [14:25:37] KEY REID>> My father wrote me letters, when on the screen is etched with my tears of admiration for when I read it. He wrote in part words when spoken can often be repetitious, fleeting, or forgotten, written words are more permanent. here of 18 is tough. I know because I was 18 And I can remember how difficult it was persistent. be strong. Do what you know to be right. As the trials of life ebb and flow always remember, not only do you have a father standing by also a good friend, you see, have not only been a good son to me, but also a good friend. [14:26:23] Never hesitate to call upon. Thanks for making it so easy to love and appreciate of dad. He taught me through letters, conversations, and most importantly, his example before the first day of school he taught me how to deal with the bully. He taught me how to throw a punch But caution me never to throw the first punch. but to make sure you take care of the bully He also asked me to look for children in the lunch room that didn't have friends and to try and befriend them. [14:27:07] Periodically I'd show them the lunch room at school with the sandwich Cheese paper on both sides still attached. In the bottom of the bag, whole raw onion He taught me humor and showed me his love this way. He played basketball one on one regularly. I mean honest Honesty. I beating me badly for years. [14:27:50] He never took it easy on me and could trash talk with the best of me. When I finally be in his defense resemble the Detroit Pistons teams of the 1980s whenever I got close he found me really hard.My father is loyal and never forgot where he came from. He told me that when he was a child, read books from his school while in search light and it helped him to dream about the world that he wanted to see. [14:28:28] He always shared his love of reading and poetry. My mom. He taught me the importance of thought and reflection. Many nights after my mom had gone to sleep. He'd be in a small closet Whoa on his knees praying in solitude, or sitting on a stool, reading scripture or a book Late into the night for inspiration. [14:29:10] My father taught me to treat everybody equally And not based on race or social status. About once a year we'd get a knock on the door from a stranger. It was offering to trim our trees. Usually the trees didn't need to be trimmed. But he let them trim the trees anyway, and even then pick his pride pick their price. He taught that everybody deserves the dignity of a job. [14:29:47] My father taught me to love nature. This last month, we walked together in the morning we enjoyed the desert sky. bout the smell of the rain and the beautiful trees and cactus the day before my father passed, I walked in to see him. I said hello [14:30:23] It's key. He opened his beautiful blue eyes told him I loved him. For me, he knew. And instead of ending up, ending the call, like usual. And instead of ending up ending the call like usual similar to those of us that you've all described. I knew something was up. within me and gave me a long warm [14:31:08] by my phone, my father was my best friend He knew when to write, When the call When to reach out. His example was one of love. [14:31:40] Love of his parents love my siblings and our partners And this is brand children. Love of his friends love of those without a voice. Well for his colleagues and staff. They love for his country. And most all a love for my mother. [14:32:08] A little later than May My brother Rory asked my father if he was scared hadn't been speaking for quite some time, but said aloud powerful. no Then worry asked if he was worried about my mom said, almost a whisper. Yes. First Corinthians 13 four through eight reads of his patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. [14:32:47] It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice. at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. [14:33:18] My father's nickname is a kitten search light and it basic high school was Pinky. Please allow me to insert the word Pinky, for love. In this Scripture. He is patient and kind. Think he does not envy or boast He is not arrogant or rude. [14:33:50] He doesn't insist on its own way. Think he is not irritable or resentful. Okey does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. He does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. He bears all things believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. [14:34:54] JOSH REID>> I always enjoyed spending time with my dad. When I was eight years old, I was really jealous. My older brother Leif go into work with my dad and his law office and be a runner in his office during the summer. I was told I couldn't go because I wasn't old enough to run around downtown Las Vegas by myself. Not satisfied with that answer wasn't gonna scan for that type of injustice. But one morning I decided to hide in the back of our family station wagon that my dad took to work. [14:35:32] This was not a well thought out plan. First problem with my plan is I got into the station wagon. I was wearing pajamas. I can problem. As it turns out, my dad wasn't going to his office that morning he was going to the courthouse. So as my dad was driving to the office, He said that he felt the sense that somebody was in the car with him. And this was a time when my dad was chairman at a gaming commission and there were some people about in Las Vegas. And so then he saw some hair sticking up over the backseat of the station wagon, and according to him, he thought about what kind of evasive action he needed to take was worried until we recognize that hair. And I know it's hard for you to imagine right now. When I was when I was eight years old, had a nice rally main have blonde hair. [14:36:43] Once I heard my dad yelled Josh knew the jig was up. And since my dad had to get to the hearing, my punishment was to say outside the courthouse in my pajamas with one of the court bailiffs and wait for my sister to pick me up. I'd have that failed stowaway attempts when I was a one certainty that I've had throughout my entire life that my dad loved me unconditionally. I know this because he told me like my other siblings. [14:37:18] Tell me through phone calls. You write me letters and notes that I keep in my law office today that I read and reflect on when when times get tough or stressful. I'm very appreciative that the love that my dad showed me throughout my life. I realized that might be a little bit out of the ordinary to read from the Congressional Record at a funeral that I want to read some of the words that my dad said on the Senate floor on March 30 2004. [14:37:47] He said I wish the people I worked with in the Senate knew my father. Father was named Harry Reid, Same name I have always looked up to my dad, my dad. That was uneducated didn't graduate from a trade base very small example, he was a minor and could go underground with a compass, and create a map. [14:38:25] People in college cannot do that. he was a carpenter. he was a blacksmith. He was much bigger man and I am always admired his physical strength. Reason I mentioned Harry Reid my father's last night my 15th grandchild was born a little boy mentioned my father because my son Josh told me this morning that name that they've named my grandson after me. So I have a little grandson named Harry. we hope as the years go by that little boy will look at his grandfather. the same way I looked at my dad I'm proud of the name Harry Reid, even sign my age like my dad did. [14:39:06] Hope I can set an example that my grandson will respect and admire. I hope my grandson will have an example set by me that is one who will believe in family and keeping families together and being a young man he conducts himself in a proper manner, that hopefully some of the things I have done and will do will be something he will look at look to as a role model that maybe he will adhere to. So I want the record reflect how much I appreciate this great honor to have someone who are all generations of time with the third Harry Reid. [14:39:45] I want to read the statement statement to you because I believe it sums up how my dad saw his role as a father and a grandfather. I'm eternally grateful for the example that he set for me and for my children. [14:40:21] My dad always been telling me how much he loved me and he would often tell me when I had my own kids that you never tell your family that you love them too much. I appreciate that. But he taught me. I'm appreciated the hospital example an impact that he's had in the lives of my children. And was so proud of my son Liam and followed Him in His footsteps I taught attending Utah State where he referee soccer games right across at high school right across the street from where my mom and dad lived in Logan, Utah. My dad used to love calling Liam and hearing his tales of bravery as a soccer referee dealing with unruly soccer parents. And my son Harry, who dad spoke about on the Senate floor 18 years ago is now a senior in high school theater students at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts just down the street from my [14:41:03] After my son Harry told my dad they want to pursue acting again wrote to him and told him that it's better to take risks and trying to pursue what you want in life. and to settle for a life without me. ust like he did with me. My dad always made sure that Liam and Harry knew that he loved them, that he was proud of them. That couldn't be proven anymore by my dad's less words to my son Harry on the day before he passed away. That's my brother mentioned my dad wasn't speaking a lot this day. my son hearing it than sitting at his grandfather's side and when he was leaving, went and held his hand and told his grandfather that he loved my dad immediately responded, I love you even more. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. [14:41:50] ["Be Still" IS PERFORMED] [14:48:28] LEIF REID>> That was amazing. The day before my dad passed all of us work together collectively trying to ease his pain. Music was the only thing that helped because phone out. You were shuffling through his songs, asking what he wanted to hear. I'm doing a response. Bruce, I think And we said Brandon, You want to hear the killers. And he smiled and he gave us a huge. thumbs up. [14:49:10] So want everyone to know that was the last musical request he. There's a little bit already. I could probably start my thoughts. This morning I calling for a raise of hands. My dad ever hang up the phone on you. Sound saying goodbye. [14:49:45] So many of us here. So many of us here, Shimmer, the speaker presidents share their stories all of us have a story about my dad ending phone call, roughly, sometimes even left you're talking for a few minutes before you realize that he hung up. He once said in an interview. When the conversation is over. I hang up. I've offended people. I don't mean to but when there's no need to talk anymore. The call is over. That's part of the narrative of his life. [14:50:28] Saamy was the hang up guy In our family. ending a call early and sometimes it's a contest for us. It's a verb we call Harry reading. But this morning, I want to help everyone see this kind of humorous trait that he had a different light And I think maybe from what you've heard already you know, that as as busy as he was on the Senate Speaking with a head of state, whatever it was. [14:51:17] My dad always took our class never felt ever made us feel dizzy and have the time to moment us. So when he hung up on you. Maybe so quickly. It isn't as much about him being brusque. As it is, was about him being devoted to my mom. You've seen from my brothers also took the time to write us letters or notes riving over here this morning. [14:52:07] We're going through our phones. He was funny, text us back. One of my sons texted him when he found out about his diagnosis of cancer He was worried. We're praying for you. On the ghost of collagen Hawaii. My dad's response was you're far from the volcano. You're safe, are a lot of responses like that. [14:52:52] I've kept those notes and messages that he wrote. He took the time during the most challenging times of my life. to write me almost weekly. I've kept those notes like, like my brothers and my sister. go back to and to look at and to read. Scripture reminisce about the old times that they came from. It is advice. Again, here are some of the words to me that he preserved. These notes and letters. Here are some of the words to me that he preserved in these notes and letters. After the birth of my first son he wrote I thoughts are with you often seems only yesterday you are such a tiny little boy. [14:53:38] Now you are a fine young man and a father yourself. Whatever life has in store for you have a backup your father. Remember this always be happy. Have much to give. Realize how much we've been blessed with. This is not because we've earned in instead, because God has given us a duty to care. I must do this daily. Once he wrote me from the Senate floor from his desk During a speech by a senator I won't name I don't see here that he said was a little boring. [14:54:22] He wrote it good care of yourself. take your rest when it's available. Exercise concentrate on your work. Never return and be sorry for not doing well. Success is not determined in the moment. By the fruits of your labor and the seeds you've planted. Why am I telling you this? things you already know. [14:55:02] Just before Christmas in 1988 When I was in South America, serving the first few months of a two year mission He wrote for this Christmas season you may be assured that my thoughts and prayers are with you worry about you. Awesome. Far away Ecuador. But I also think of life, and its brevity. Formation of you as a person In the spirit of Christmas is obtainable more easily with the work of serving others. I know of your lovely times but be strong. For the time will swiftly pass, when we are reunited. Until then, do well it's your assignment. [14:55:37] Years later he wrote hard to comprehend the swift passage of time. Make the most of it, as you started the days that make fatherhood. I owe you so much, as you have been a great son. Knowing him and seeing the life that he lived. It's humbling to think about how devoted he was to us. He was, and he is our hero. What did we do to deserve our hero? Our father [14:56:22] People know his story. He lived the American dream you could say from searchlight to Washington. From my time as a young boy, it even then seemed fictional. The reality was that he was a man simply chose to do best every day. To do his duty. Take care of his stewardship part of that work was to be our father. Part of that work was to be my mother's soulmate. [14:57:00] Part of that work is to be your senator colleague His devotion, steadfastness and everything he did. Probably the best definition. Shortly after I left for college, you wrote me to say Make the most of your time. As it is said in the Book of Mormon, This life is the time for men prepared to meet God. Yea, [14:57:37] Behold, the day of this life is the day for men to prepare his labors as we heard in the song that Brandon just sung to us. Dad never broke care rose up like the sun, every day, and labored, until last week. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. [14:58:40] RORY REID>> You seen the read kids traveled as a pack. My dad was always looking to provide us an adventure. One summer he borrowed a friend's boat. It was on an outing. We were on a lake. I don't remember if it was meat or Mojave. All of a sudden engine stone. my dad tried over and over to restart it began to drift or the rocky outcropping. [14:59:10] Arm he put it pointed towards the back of the boat and he said Rory are the anchor overboard Is that currently tried to locate an anchor? I Dad his volume increasing? repeated himself. Throw it Rory throw the anchor. [14:59:32] I found it I did as he told me to do. Just as I threw it. I realized it wasn't tied to anything I have no idea how we got back to shore London. But as you've heard from my my siblings, My father had a keen sense of what we needed As children and I had a desire to have no adventure. [15:00:15] I wanted to just stay home, book, movie. I shouldn't have been surprised one day when he came home and said hey Rory. I signed you up for Pop Warner Football. Look at me I'm not built for football, He was at every game the casinos had a beer and I still don't know why I played football. [15:00:54] I really don't have a reason to be concussed regularly other than As I thought about it, The reason I played football was because it gave me time with my father. He loved it more than I did. And it became central to our relationship because I was a teenager, he came to every high school football game. And I remember after one big game. My teammates wanted to go out and celebrate. I went home. One reason I wanted to talk to my dad about one of my friends called and said hey, where are you? [15:01:37] Throughout, you know, somewhere doing this or that and I'm out to my dad. Please tell me I can't go out. Need to. I stayed home with him. Later I adventures with my father became more political 1986 I told my dad I wanted to volunteer on his Senate campaign in Seattle, please. When I was told I was the campaign's official, rural Nevada representative. It's like football I feigned excitement. [15:02:19] I put a box of pamphlets in my Cutlass Supreme And I hit the road. My first is my first assignment was in Ely. nobody on the campaign had the courtesy to let me know that White Pine County is not readWhen I arrived there I checked into the copper Queen motel didn't have an event till later that evening and not want to do anything. [15:02:54] I decided to go knock doors at the first door a young girl answer asked her if your parents were home and she said to follower. Walk through her house into the backyard or her father a burly fellow with a garden hose and hand crouched working. When you look looked up at me. I said, very proud of me. My name is Rory Reid. My father is Congressman Harry Reid, where I could say another word. where I could say another word. The gentlemen used some expletives raised the whole above his head and literally chased me from the yard. [15:03:33] So I went back to the copper queen and watched a movie.When my dad called to check in later that evening, I told him about my day. I just remember him laughing. last and last. And then he said wait until you get to Elko County they really love you. I've also been thinking a lot about a moment I had with my dad when I was very young I was a boy. [15:04:15] I was in the hills a searchlight with him. One of his brother brothers was there. I think it was done. my brother Leif was there if I remember right, I Dad carried a flashlight. You walked a few steps ahead of me.I Dad carried a flashlight. He walked a few steps ahead of me know where we were going. After a few minutes, we approached a dark opening of a horizontal mineshaft that disappeared deep into the hillside as I lean lean to one side, he turned on his flashlight. [15:04:48] And I peered around him And when he shined his light into the blackness, I could see the reflection of two bright red eyes that quickly approached and then our rat screen passes. My dad must have known I was anxious. Three grabbed two of my small fingers in his belt loop, said stay close. [15:04:16] I followed him into the shaft is in the light he provided but any day any discussion of our family or my dad to begin and end in one place, Flandre. She was the center of his universe. [15:05:46] They met as teenagers. They unlocked when they were 19 still teenagers in over 62 years. They provided us a loving example. our real partnership work. At the end of his life My dad asked for his glasses He was real sick and couldn't reach for them. himself, or put them on his face. For the longest time, you just stared at my mom. [15:06:25] There was no need for words. this morning our family was guided here by a police escort an apostle of our faith and offered his blessing to us. You saw in the military procession present the casket of my father in this grand hall. The leaders of the United States Congress are here in his honor. Presidents Obama races with their words and next week I dead will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda in the same spot, Abraham Lincoln rested. [15:07:04] what I cherish most is what I saw. moments that I was privileged to share both Nevada giant May the God of heaven and earth Continue to ensure that his soul rest in peace. My dad did we meet again. [15:08:03] SCHUMER>> First, Josh and leads and beautiful, beautiful, amazing words, nothing anyone could ever say better than to show what a great man. Thank you. Now it's truly an honor for me about my dear friend and my mentor. I reread of search like Nevada, as he would probably refer to himself. [15:08:35] First let me say to lantra love of Harry's life for 62 years. He called his rock. only time I ever saw Harry cry. And he told me Landrieu had had an awful car accident, broken so many bones. He said over and over again. tears stream down his tree, cheeks, or little lantern, or little land dry no nothing, nothing, and replace the hole in your heart right now. [15:09:08] But just know that every single person in this room and literally 1000s More across the nation, or holding you in their hearts, you endure this pain, loss with your family. I lost my dad a month ago but he's still with me. Just as I know Harry is with all of us. Always be five years ago with the unveiling of Harry's official portrait I said it'll be quite some time till we see another like Harry masonry. Five years later, that statement remains as true as ever. He was one of a kind. [15:09:52] Presence of so many distinguished guests this memorial. President Vice President Obama's Speaker Pelosi, elder Ballard, the church, Jesus Christ of Latter Day, Latter Day Saints and so many others. so many of my colleagues who came here both present previously served in all of us being here is proof of the wide and deep impact Harry had is. Now that being said, no doubt, Harry would be extremely annoyed and embarrassed that so many of us made a trip to out to Las Vegas for him. [15:10:33] I know nothing he'd want less than to sit through a bunch of speeches talking about how great he was. but I knew very well and even though he wouldn't want it I know a part of him would enjoy it. It sort of be like seeds Sid Caesar after he had some applause No please, no more applause. I got to know Harry when I came to the Senate 1999. [15:11:02] Here was this man, soft spoken Mormon from search white town that was miles away from nowhere, at least in my mind. awry was rash Jewish kid out of Brooklyn. A borough that's nearly as populous as the state of Nevada. We were a match made in heaven. I quickly learned that just the nice Harry's soft spoken nature was a truly honest and original character. there are so many stories. Let me tell you one. Back in 2012 during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Harry called me all excitedly and suddenly to his hotel room late at night and knocked on the door. and Harry, let me in. [15:11:47] I'm not sure if Landrieu remembers She was there. But we were going to discuss some important issue about the next day's convention. But before I could gather my thoughts, Harry pulled me aside into the small little bathroom. We were virtually on top of each other and he lowered his voice. Chuck want you to take care of something important, he said before pulling out a wad of cash out of his wallet and peeling off for $100 bills. [15:12:19] You know he said you've been working hard do doing a lot of the right things to be democratic leader but you need to dress better. Please buy some better shoes. Now at first I thought Harry pulled me into this little bathroom because he didn't want Landrieu to see him wasting $400 on the Senate's worst dressed member. [15:12:47] But when I asked Harry about it later, he said to me he didn't want to embarrass me in front of land. that was Harry to a tee was no secret that Harry didn't care for the decorum of public office but he didn't know how to dress this part. But his hair regularly shined his shoes. He wore nice suits with yours like Hickey Freeman. And I couldn't afford. But a few years later, I got the better of Harry when I showed up to the Senate wearing a Hickey Freeman suit of my own. [15:13:20] Harry was surprised. He said shock. I thought you said you could never afford a hickey Freeman suit. I told him I can so I visited the warehouse in Rochester and bought one at a wholesale price every stop slipping the meaning for clothes after that. Now to be clear, I don't go around the state looking for good deals on clothing. For example, as many of you know, every year I attended speak it dozens of college graduates Sarah terminal needs around New York every May and June. [15:13:56] Harry of course knew about this tradition. We thought it was hilarious. fact he liked it so much that one day he gathered all 100 staffers into his office, me to deliver the interconnection All of them. After I became Democratic leader, he started to worry about my habit every graduation season. He'd call off my Wi Fi Reese's here today and plead with her to stop him from going to every graduation and every event he's got to garner his strength and his health. That's just too hairy was if you were lucky enough lucky enough that he cared about Well do his friend cared about you with every fiber. [15:14:45] Sometimes you could even say cared a little too much, you know Landrieu wasn't the only woman I've seen Harry cat kiss passionately on the lips. It was back in 2006. Harry and I were watching the election. returns together. They announced our friend Claire McCaskill was the winner of the Senate race in Missouri and we would take back the Senate and I kid you not everyone up to the TV screen and smacked Claire on his lips on hers. his lips remained attached to the TV screen for a full 10 seconds. [15:15:18] He keeps his teachers as image so passionately. I had to get up and white, the copious spill off the TV screen. That's how much we all love Terry. So Harry, in short, is one of the most incredible individuals I've ever met. sort of person you've come across only a handful of times of his nails to his core, and also one of the most compassionate individuals you could ever imagine. Never forgot where he came from. [15:16:00] He stuck up for the underdog. Leaves are a dual event commission from the town is more more than a search. Engine admin, both converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The book of amendment in his office. I'd like to read a verse chapter nine gives me great [15:16:34] for us, dear dear. Oh how great the plan of our God we're on the other hand, the paradise of God was deliver up spirits of the righteous reign deliver up the body of the righteous spirit and the body is restored self again all men become incorruptible and immortal. living souls, Your living souls lose someone special And never truly, always stay with you. 151720 For those of us in the Senate - Senate Democratic Caucus I think that was especially true this past week, as we observed the anniversary of the violent insurrection against our US Capitol, one of the darkest moments for our democracy in living memory. The day saw so many acts of selflessness and heroism, by our - by our US Capitol Police, who once counted among their esteemed ranks one Harry Mason Reid, who served as an officer while studying at Washington School of Law. In so many ways, so many ways, Harry was a guardian and steward of the Senate, literally and figuratively 151802 He took great care of the Senate as an institution. He also knew that the Senate had to adapt to changing times. As we confront the challenges of the coming weeks and months ahead, I take comfort knowing that Harry is with us in spirit, walking alongside us, he's right there, as we continue the work he dedicated himself to for so many, so many years. May God rest his immortal soul, and may his memory be a blessing to all of us. [15:19:14] PELOSI>> Good afternoon everyone, is indeed a great honor to join this triggered with the towering titan of public service, Senator Harry Reid. was an it deeply moving for all of us to hear. Rory Arif and joshing key, speak so lovingly have an heir father. To his children, along with his many precious grandchildren, his darling great grandchild are his greatest pride. But hearing you speak about him shows us a source of strength to force the love and happiness he shared with his adoring and beautiful wife, Condra [15:19:58] was a source of joy to all of us who know them. All of us here today are here personally to celebrate the life of our dear friend Harry Some of us including two presidents of the United States Vice President, members of both the Senate and House are also here officially just salute, a legendary statesman. I have the privilege as Speaker of the House to bring the simplicity of the House of Representatives where Harry one serve, Chuck will say not as long as he served in the Senate, but that's what I wasn't in Congress then. [15:20:39] But he was in the house and he was running for the United States Senate. My team. Francisco my husband policies here, priority for us. And we're And we're pleased to join our distinguished John, our members. I didn't see where support and Suzie Li Ren greetings of all of our colleagues, some we are all viewed as a great person. [15:21:18] I have a great deal I want to say about Harry but you know Harry he was a man of few words and he wanted everybody else to be a person, a few words. And again, we'll go to the phone calls because I immodestly say that I probably got hung up on the most by Harry Reid two or three times a day for 12 years. that is official working days, sometimes Saturday and Sunday. [15:21:50] But anyway, even if we had really succinct conversation, hairy subject that's problem, this timing, this, that succinct. So sometimes even called a bag said Harry, I was singing your praises. I was thanking you for the great job you did in the legislation and the rest I don't want to hear it click. I even said to him as when he was announcing his retirement. I want to have a big dinner, invite all the friends that you've served with in the past and the house, in the Senate and the rest. I don't want to do it. [15:22:35] When I want to sing for them to sing your praises. I don't want to do it. Save the money. Did the poor Arie is modesty made him unique, you might say in politics, but his humility was rooted in his strong values from a humble childhood. Rising search light to the spotlight to seven leaders at two hours more than four decades of public service and even at the highest. Work out and to fight for Nevada. [15:23:19] Indeed, Harry loved his home state you know that he did everything he could to ensure Nevadans voices are heard other protecting the state's natural environment or its political environment especially its coveted role in the presidential selection process. To observe Harry lead and legislate was to see a master hairless TJ knowledgeable and brilliant. know he was a pioneer. Like the Pioneer Aries ascendant leader few could rival Harry's understanding of his senators, their states their needs their ambitions and then all of our conversation. [15:24:08] I never heard Harry say an unkind word about any of his Senate Democratic Republic.12 years we served together as leaders in our respective houses. I had the privilege of seeing his metric firsthand, rescuing American families with the American Recovery and Reinvestment protecting hardworking consumers with the Dodd Frank and championing the passage of the carrot, just to name a few under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. [15:24:48] When he retired, we would no longer be speaking constantly on the phone. He came to my office. This was when he announced his retirement. He said, Nancy, I have something for you to remember me behind. I thought it might be a handwritten note or special so instead, he unveiled a massive bald eagle stuff. but the wing says you're capable of fluttering in the breeze. Shocked I said Harry Did you go hunting and killing endangered species. He said no. He died flying into a power line. And I call them Sparky. [15:25:28] His his environmentalism or his dry sense of you and I've ever received offices. Today this majestic bird has flown from the Senate leaders office over to the Speaker's office appropriately and with His permission, now called Harry. [15:26:10] For his great legislative achievements, his most enduring public legacy will be that he was beloved. The word not often used to describe political leaders. He was beloved by his colleagues, by staff by maintenance workers, and by the Capitol Police and as a leader mentioned, with whom he served as a young man fully beloved by all because he treated everyone with dignity and respect. 152636 Next week, Leader Schumer and I will have the solemn privilege of welcoming Harry back to the Capitol to lie in state, a proper tribute for a historic, patriotic American. May it be a comfort to Landra, and their beautiful family, all who love him, that so many Americans mourn with you at this sad time. Paul and I who love Landra who loves Landra and love Harry send you our personal sympathy and love. God truly blessed America with the life and legacy of Harry Reid, may he rest in peace. [15:27:38] >> Thank you all. You're grateful for the entertaining loving and tender memories have been shared. We will now be honored to hear from another of Senator Reid's very talented friends, Carole King. At the request of land will perform in the name of former President Barack Obama will then deliver the eulogy. Following President Obama's remarks, we will hear from the President of the United States Joseph Arbeit. At the conclusion of the President's remarks closing prayer and benediction will be given by a granddaughter, Savannah, jeans, read these remain in your seats. After the closing prayer for a special sendoff. [15:28:32] [CAROLE KING PERFORMS "IN THE NAME OF LOVE"] [15:32:56] OBAMA>> Mr. President and First Lady Biden. Vice President Harris, second gentlemen, Emhoff, Schumer, Speaker Pelosi Allard, about raise beloved children, grandchildren, friends and former staff. Great honored to be with you today to pay tribute to friend Harry Reid. [15:33:32] Be clear and as Chuck mentioned his remarks, I suspect Harry themselves would not have wanted to sit through this thing. Harry did not like being center of attention. It made him a little awkward. He was uncomfortable, but people said too many nice things about him [15:34:06] as he looks down on us today Harry is going to have to suck it up, because few people have done more for this state This country driven Brilliant. Sometimes irascible deeply good man, search light about I first met Harry in 2005 After I'd been elected to the Senate and Harry had been elevated to become Democratic leader [15:34:50] And I was the sole African American in the Senate at the time. Mix kid. Funny name. And given how different our backgrounds where I did not know how well Harry and I would hit it off. He was older of course. his kids were grown and know what kind of music he liked. and I figured he didn't listen to Jay Z. [15:35:29] On the issues he had a reputation for being a little more conservative than I was collecting politics is western state. So he invited me to his office for a chat shortly after I'd been sworn it was not a lot of small talk. But there was not a lot of talk at all. He asked me what committee assignments I wanted. I told him he said see what he could do. [15:36:00] At the time, his voice was so soft I could barely hear what he was saying. Afterwards, my fear, colleague from Illinois to Durbin, asked me how it went. And I don't know The whole conversation lasted maybe 10 minutes he did not seem particularly pleased with my picking up this time. I'm worried except if he didn't like you. It would have only lasted five minutes was Harry. [15:36:46] Harry was not a schmoozer or a backslash. He did not regale you with long drawn out stories. and he did not appreciate long drawn out story. Despite the years he spent in Congress, despite power he wielded his reputation as being the consummate Washington insider. [15:37:17] What I came to realize was that every always remains something of an outsider in Washington, which makes sense, given the remarkable path to the Senate. Have you taken a path that was at least as unlikely, if not more than likely the month. Others have mentioned areas of extraordinary journey out of search like I need desert town and our re from just about everywhere. [15:37:53] Harry had to hit more than 40 miles each way to Henderson Stay with relatives just to go to high school. I put himself through college and law school moonlighting as a uniform Capitol police officer to help cover tuition and support young family. Fairness say it was not easy. [15:38:15] Or must have been times where he found out about achieving his dreams. Like the time when his car broke down and he walked into the dean's office to say that he wasn't sure if he could afford to finish school. Very remembered it the beam looked him up and down and said Mr. Reid, why don't you just quit that beam did not know Harry Reid's character, [15:38:46] like others who would later underestimate the man. it's a success in the boxing ring, despite being significantly undersized, you'd like to talk about his box No, Brock wasn't a great athlete. [15:39:17] wasn't big and strong like some of the guys I went up against two things going for me. take a punch ever gave up? about right. And same dog and determination Monetary rates political career. losses per Senate race by just 600 votes. [15:39:46] Six months later, he ran, mayor of this town and lost in a landslide. Harry did not give up, got himself a seat in the house and the Senate finally became Senate Majority Leader. got himself a seat in the house. and the Senate finally became Senate Majority Leader. And let's face it, he enjoyed every minute of proving doubters wrong again and again and again. Sometimes the people who motivate us the most very would later say are the ones who believe in us. Least. [15:40:27] So yes, being tough being a fighter was one of Harry's singular characteristics. apparently. Once a snapper handed them and some draft remarks, in which he was supposed to refer to themselves as a former boxer and Eric crossed out the word former It was 70 years old at the time. [15:41:00] But there were other aspects to Aries character that helped explain his extraordinary achievements. qualities that at this particular moment in our history, seem special element.First and foremost, it was a pragmatism spectrum. Apply strict purity tests for politicians. [15:41:40] And they toe the line on just about every issue At a time when so often compromises portrayed as weakness. Or you had a different view. He didn't believe in highfalutin theories are rigid ideologies. He thought most people make decisions based on their life experience based on the immediate needs of their families, based on their own self interests, no matter what they may tell themselves. And as a result, every met people where they work, where you wanted them to be. 154223 And he was willing to cut deals even with folks he didn't agree with or particularly like. I heard Nancy Pelosi say she never heard Harry say anything bad about any of his colleagues. I don't know about that, Nancy. But he would work with them. [15:42:50] I love Nancy, but I, you would work with them. if that's what it took to move things forward. They battle between perfection, and progress. or he always chose adaptable when he first got to Washington area, his voting record wasn't so different from those who'd represented his state in the past. Holding traditional positions on issues like gun rights, immigration, reproductive health, [15:43:37] As Nevada and the country as Harry met more and more people from different walks of life and realize their struggles, weren't that different from his family's been in search light are his views on some of these issues, changed as well. He didn't consider that a weakness. He understood that he wasn't always going to be right about everything. Know how to listen, learn, was humble enough to admit when he had to change his mind and grow. [15:44:15] And by the way, speaking from personal experience. It helps when you're married to somebody, wiser and brighter than you I know something about that. After Harry introduced a bill repealing birthright citizenship in the 1990s for example, Andrew Bandra pointed out that her own father had been a Russian immigrant later here we would say, I came to the realization. I was way off base. So glad [15:45:00] Now there are plenty of politicians making decisions just because they want to get reelected. They've got their fingers out to the wind. They're interested in claim to power for its own sake, for Harry. The whole point of holding us The whole point of wielding power was to actually get things done on behalf. Those represent bring his time as leader that is exactly what he got things done about Harry we would not have passed the Recovery Act [15:45:41] helping to prevent another Great Depression. But Harry we wouldn't have saved people's jobs, help people stay in their homes. Ideally, we would not have passed Wall Street perform reining in some of the worst abuses of the financial industry. Without Harry there would be no Affordable Care Act. People forget that there were many times during the debate over health care reform when it looked like nothing was going to get passed. [15:46:14] Harry working with Nancy Pelosi in the house working with and vice president. Now, by now President, my partner. And despite Joe Biden. Every refused to give up. Maneuvering applying pressure light only he could deals Harry, made to get that law done didn't always look pretty. I got votes. [15:46:53] Whenever I would object to a change you want to make. whether because some policy concerns or worries about the optics area would tell me with some exasperation in his voice. Mr President, you know a lot more than I do about health care policy, okay. I know the Senate write the novel. better than just anyone else. [15:47:25] The work we're doing Growing up Harry's family didn't have health care told me he didn't even know what it was. His brother broke his leg. He stayed in bed and waited for it to heal. Father needed a tooth removed yanked it out himself, Harry, remember those times. He knew what that was like. [15:47:56] When Harry put everything he had in the passing ACA. he didn't do it to burnish his own legacy. He did it for the people back home and families, why kids needed someone looking out for when nobody else was there we got things done. Here's another thing that certain area part. He was always unfailingly himself. [15:48:33] I may not sound exceptional, but in Washington. It is an exceedingly rare quality. He was the first to admit he wasn't the most charismatic or politically correct speaker. After a press conference, we'd sometimes go up to a staffer and say Okay, tell me everything I did wrong. But Harry knew who he was. [15:49:02] They had the distinct advantage of not really caring what other people thought of them. in a town obsessed with appearance, Harry had a real vanity deficit. He didn't like phonies. He didn't like grandstanding. Is your try to get out in under 10 minutes. And apparently the only white house congressional picnic area ever attended. Work was for his son keys benefit. [15:49:43] Kiki wanted to impress the girl. He was dating at the time, mile myelin ended up getting married. So Harry grudgingly admitted it was worth the sacrifice. All of her his toughness. All this hard nosed views about politics, very loved his family. Loved staff. Very was a true and loyal friends Harry was a true and loyal friend. [15:50:32] For my time in the Senate, he was more generous to me than I had any right to expect. as one of the first people they encouraged me to run for president Leaving that despite my youth, despite my inexperience, despite that I was African American. badly when the time made one of us. [15:51:09] You wanted Harry in the foxhole with you. his willingness to fight by my side to stick with me, even when things weren't going our way. My poll numbers, it's gone down some Democrats thought it might be proven to maintain a healthy distance from me. His willingness to be there. Last wrote my presence A debt that to him that I could never fully repay. [15:51:48] Remember, toward the end of my time in the White House, Shell and I invited Harry and Land Rover to better alone with Joe and Jill and Nancy and Paul, Chuck and Iris. During the meal Harry was as usual or marginally south. Occasionally he'd offer an opinion on this or that. Mutter about food was pretty good.But he was keeping his own counsel. [15:52:19] At the end of the night. Those who were there, I suspect will remember this. everybody here knows that I don't show a lot of emotion. okay. It's just how I grew up. [15:52:45] I just want to say I'm really proud of what I've done with this president. And I love this guy. And then, without any warning He leaned over and kissed me on the cheek. I think it's fair to say that we were all surprised. [15:53:15] And I laughed so Thanks, Harry. I love you too man. I put my arm around him, which I think was too much fun. Cuz he said Well, okay, then It's past my bedtime And with that, he Alondra headed for the door Pragmatism adaptability premium on getting things done. [15:53:57] Lack of pretension abiding more world what Harry Reid represents, a man of our qualities that are in short supply these days Yeah, it seems to me they are precisely the qualities our democracy requires. very understood We don't have to see eye to eye on everything. [15:54:38] Order live together. Be decent toward each other. that we can learn to bridge differences at ground and race and region, know that our system of government isn't based on demanding that everybody think exactly the same way. In fact, it presumes that in a country as big and diverse as ours, People rarely will. We can still work together. [15:55:15] We may have been a proud democratic partisan. He didn't shy away from Bare Knuckle politics but his true is I've never heard Harry speak of politics, as if it was some unbending battle between good and evil. Does he know what was true for itself was true for everybody that all a bundle of contradictions all have our floats. However, a blind spots. [15:55:54] Despite all that was possible for us to affirm our collective humanity. That's what made America great. Once we both left office and see much of Harry We call each other on the phone from time to time. [15:56:26] Tell me about Landrieu It's speak with great pride about his kids, his grandkids all they were doing. Tell me about his illness and treatments. he was going through. At some point during those calls. He'd usually mentioned somebody had run into with thanked him for getting them health care, or save their job. [15:57:02] And particularly in recent months maybe knowing that he didn't have much time left. Wow himself Talk about how together we made a darn good team. We've done pretty well for the American people is I would start to reply. As he would cut me off. All conversation with last about five minutes. [15:57:41] But in those five minutes, he communicate more some folks, they want a couple hours. Some folks. they want a couple hours A true Harry was a man who knew what was important And didn't believe in dwelling on one was. one former colleague explained it by saying to Harry. Goodbye, was an unnecessary would [15:58:17] might not have been necessary for Harry but it is for us.Thank you for everything. betta has never had a greater champion. And the country benefited from your extraordinary leadership. I could not have asked for a better referring to did love you back. [15:59:23] BIDEN>> Mr President. I could tell you, every time I hear a dial tone I think y'all think I'm kidding, I'm not. I'm not. Jill and I are here for Harry but he would he would want us to really be here for just him. Everybody is reference. Under we're here for you. Eulogy is for a living. [16:00:03] Oh it's a true love story. We are still talking about your first date. 60 years later. Erin ever tired of telling the time your two kids had to push start his car, making your way down the road. Wide smiles on your face. Wide smiles on your face. I recollection as he called it when he told me the story. One of those quote moments of eternal life stay with you until the last breath [16:00:37] Mahindra. What a life, you turn together. Tools last breath. Leave Josh key. All the grandchildren, great grandchildren. Seeing, hearing you talk about him today. It's clear. My dad used to have an expression say or blood of His blood, bone in his bone. [16:01:08] You are products of Harriet and to read What a gift. gift God gave you a gift Was it is other valid President Obama, Vice President Harris second gentlemen. Governor slot passport into the state.And Iris and Chuck Schumer all and Nancy Pelosi, members of in Nevada congressional delegation. [16:01:45] Senator Cortes Masto, and Rosen representatives hard shoes me Horsford Me and Titus, members of Congress Democrat Republican past and present things guest What a gift. I read was to the state to this nation. The so many of us individually. I know he's smiling right now. Only Harry Reid at his send off, wood, Sammy the speaker between former president knighted states cow king in the killers. [15:02:28] Carrie always had a great sense of humor. Always Edwin, we always did. Got me again. But he always got me the first time I met her I got a call asking whether as I just been elected 29 years old resign in the State Senate. I hadn't even turned 32 yet he was newly, I was a newly elected Saturday asked Me campaign for selection or Nevada Senate seat being vacated by a man, I'd only just begun to know Alan Bible. first thing when he met I met him in Nevada. We were talking about where he's from, he said Well, I used to have to go out and shoot mad dogs. [16:03:16] I thought what in the hell am I doing here. swear to God, I used to go out and shoot Mad Dogs. I'm thinking, let's be father for I have sinned. what's going on? Are you lost that general election by less than 600 votes while axon and he never let me forget thinking that I probably cost him 600 votes. Only kidding about that. I probably did. When asked me to come back and campaign for him when he ran for the House in 1982. He won that time. [16:03:52] And he wanted 86 Go on to serve in Congress together for more than 30 years. worked together with Iraq during the eight years we were in office. Anyone Harry was done in the Senate. He was never really done, as all of you from Nevada now, it asked me to campaign for North Florida, Nevada Democrats it asked me to campaign for an awful lot of Nevada Democrats. And even here today. I can never say no although you probably said oh god he invited Biden into my district. [16:04:30] I talk to him often during this past election, taking his voice and logic until you have come into his home and more than one occasion to visit and get his advice and where I should be going. In order to win. After you want. One of the things Harry did which was sort of incongruence with Eric heard today. He sent me a text. I saved it. you're my brother. We won. Well, made a big deal to me was a big deal to me that he felt that way. Now Harry never wrote what you didn't believe, [16:05:14] made me feel good. made me feel good. He gave me a sense of confidence, felt like he was my brother counted on. felt like he was my brother counted on. And though so many of you felt that same way about Harry's well throughout his career in your relationship, or five decades we became genuine friends. The Irish Catholic kid from 10 Pennsylvania in the Latter Day Saint Francis life. you think I'm kidding. Airs like the guys I grew up with, back in Scranton in Claymont. Delaware. [16:05:51] Harry would always have your back. Like the guys I grew up. I had mine. He knew I had his although I sometimes wonder. I was trying to make an important point to Harry about whether he really did have my back as He hung up. But to tell the truth every time. every time I knew it was real, the real Harry Tim. it all he needed. We didn't want any more. need more. [16:06:30] We did share some similarities. Brock said we're loving families wives are smarter and better looking than we were. Her and I both like to talk a lot. I guess testing whether you're asleep yet. Whether you're served with Harry for decades, Or you renewed American just a few days ago. One herring in your corner and that's not hyperbole. is toughness was distinctly Nevada, [16:07:09] His story was unmistakably American. his remarkable journey has been told so many by so many because it has been traveled by so few. call home? miles a hitchhike to school boxing ring Rio he's got up. family tragedies endured the cancer he and longer fought halls of power he walked the state he transformed the country he shaped. [16:07:40] It was proof. There's nothing ordinary about America, ordinary Americans can do anything, given half a chance. ordinary Americans can do anything given half a chance. We the People Pretty damn extraordinary. America is an idea, an idea. an idea. Anybody give it a shot. Recent potential Harry was extraordinary though. And I grew up in different sides of the country. We came from the same place certain values ran deep. [16:08:21] First loyalty, Fake resolve, service, your word. pounded into my head from the time I was a child. Joe you're a man even word without your word. you're not a man. The Met the marker, what I always believed was the most important thing which you can measure person by their actions and keeping their word. I said he was gonna do something. He did it. He didn't do it. the modern day rationalities when I told you how to do that I didn't realize that this would happen. [16:08:57] No matter what happened at his word, Japanese bank on it. So we got so much done for the good of the country for so many decades.That's how we literally saved we forget it Social Security. During the Bush years. GOP Yucca Mountain from becoming a nuclear waste site secured devotion to the Affordable Care Act. [16:09:25] It's how he helped us rein in Wall Street. the excess isn't repealed. Don't Ask Don't Tell. Tao created the visor first national park, and conserve like Tao.We always champion Native Americans and tribal communities. So much more And it was easy to get particularly popular when he was doing it. The thing about Harry, he never gave up. He never gave up. He never gave up on anybody. [16:10:04] I gave a great leader. He led Democratic caucus just not by speaking but by listening or hearing all points of view finding a common ground. Eric cared so much about his fellow Americans. And so little about what anybody thought of him as all search like no spotlight. Always appreciate by the comfort, though it is Jill with me tonight. He offered me and Jill and difficult moments in our lives.No, we're not the only ones. [16:10:48] Just passing all heard those wonderful tributes, gracious way we console grieving, grieving and encourage someone living with a disability. I saw that picture of our buddy Max Baucus, X losing grievous limbs he's already standing in front of the wheelchair holding his cheeks. No, Max Max knew or cared about generous way to empower new colleagues or insist the new moms and dads on staff who put their family first before their job and do it always [16:11:32] get in friendship He made the Capitol police have been recognized three times because he was one of the he wore the uniform. he more than a friend in need. Are his voice was soft and gentle. praising himself was stone cold, silent. Pursuit of fairness and prosperity voice would echo when will I go for generations in this state? 161200 Look, let there be no doubt, Harry Reid will be considered one of the greatest Senate Majority Leaders in history. [16:12:11] I've served longer than all but out 12 United States Senate, there for over 36 years, I've had the honor of serving the few of those names to be on that short list for Harry wasn't about powers about the sake. about the power to be able to use power to write by people. [16:12:34] That's why you wanted Harry in your corner. That's what we should remember. the nation today already knew better than most out difficult democracy is the idea of America. itself is under attack. dark and deep and the forces that were in a battle for the soul of America. 161258 Landra I remember sitting in a room with Harry when he was supporting me for President. My explaining to him, the reason I decided to run when I had decided I was never going to do that again was watching all those Neo Nazis come out of the fields down in Virginia chanting anti semitic bile, carrying Nazi flags. And he asked me, what? I said, we have to restore the soul of America. 161330 No one knew it better than Harry. Protecting democracy requires vigil -- vigilant stewardship. Harry's life shows that for all, from our darkest days, we can find light and find hope. Just look at his life. In just about every respect, Harry Reid came into this world with the odds against him. He believed life, and he lived it and he left it, believing anything was possible. [16:14:11] Demonstrate that anything's possible Look at this incredible family in a small way, minds, me and my dad. My dad used to say, Joey, never explain and never complain. Remember one day we're having an event. I was running for my this was fifth term. Route my house. I feel sorry for myself talking about a family. Awesome. daughter. [16:14:52] My dad said I'll be back in a minute left the house waiting for people to show up. Look to the local Hallmark store. In back Ricard, two news all brass plaque with two sections to two clips and the cartoon character Hagar the horrible One Hagar the Viking ship. moving along here the rocks lightning comes out of the sky chars is the horns of his helmet breaks the master of his ship. And he's looking up a god he's going, God, why me? [16:15:41] the next frame.The next frame is a picture of a garden the ship and voice coming down having the same Why not? What makes you so special these things wouldn't happen to you. Why not stand up. Get up, never bow never been never yield. never bow never been never yield. That was Harry never complained. So as your mind so much of Harry's desk as we all know, he sent it off some giant portrait of Mark Twain [16:16:21] They both Harry and Mark Twain love Nevada. They both, both knew how to say things, know to be true about ourselves and about our country for hiringknow to be true about ourselves and about our country for hiring. was this. as he said himself, he said quote I grew up around people strong values. Even if they rarely talked about not to say they love their country, Worship God ever shunned hard work, never asked for special favors. [16:17:00] That's Harry, that's America or someone. Mark Twain himself would have written about the defining character in American story had he known, Harry, who staff, known as Team Read last incredibly genuine role model. [16:17:35] We see a carrying on HMR his legacy People in Nevada you lost a beloved son. The spirits always gonna burn as bright as the desert sun. the nation we lost a giant American plainspoken honorable decent Bray on yielding man. This be his legacy. On each of us, be our best. Speak truth in the heart. Take up the remaining rounds of Harry Reid's good fight. [16:18:17] In America we all put a gift. In this from the bottom my heart what a gift. What a life of a nation. He turned until his last breath. Under God bless you. God bless the entire family of us, my friend Eric. Great American. God protect our troops. [16:19:25] >> Dear Heavenly Father we are grateful to be gathered together today. from world leaders to family members to celebrate the life of Harry. We're grateful for the beautiful words and music that have been shared today and for all the preparation and thought that went into this service. Most importantly though, we're grateful for the years that we had Harry on this earth. You're grateful for his good works and the community is gripped his tenacity especially grateful for the loyalty the love and the dedication that you showed his family and friends. [16:20:03] That's for a blessing of comfort and peace to view this especially to Leanna worrying to leave to Josh and to key and especially to grant that she can lift it up and comforted by the love of those around her, that she can keep poppies memory with her always pray that his memory can be a blessing to us. and then as we serve you we can remember his good example of service and that the best of him can be carried on in the lives of his children, his grandchildren His great grandchild and all those and he touched say these things in Jesus name, Amen. [16:21:02] FOUST>> Thank you Mr President, and all. Much has been said about Senator Reid's telephone etiquette in the service my own experience I have concluded, paraphrase, aligned from a popular 1970 movie that for Harry. Paraphrase a line from a popular 1970 movie that for Harry love means never having to say goodbye because of the love of the Savior of Jesus Christ, Neither do we. [16:21:35] Instead, we say Terry, I'd be with you. again Senator Reid's casket will be flown to Washington or he will lie in state at the capitol rotunda with an additional ceremony, honoring his life to be held on January 12. Senator Reid will make her final journey home To search light or he will be interred near other members of his family. [16:22:14] As the read family now the parts. We ask the congregation to stand and join Brandon Flowers, who will lead us in singing the Nevada State song. Home Means Nevada. The words appear on the program. And for those of you who are not from here. It's Nevada, not Nevada. [16:22:48] Brandon Flowers sing this song often at Senator Reid's events. and as we all know, Harry Reid, is first and foremost a devoted son of Nevada. Please remain standing until the family and special guests have departed due to COVID protocols, the family will not be able to receive guests after the service, and thank you all for being here today. [16:23:28] FLOWERS>> I first met Senator Reid in 2009. And we were lucky enough to get the tour of the Capitol. And it was it was just an inspiration for me because here was the Senate Majority Leader and he came from the basically the same dirt that I came from. And we you know, we share the same faith and it wasn't five minutes into the meeting and when he he waved for Chuck Schumer to come over and he had me sing, Nevada state song, and the office. [16:24:02] And I think he was showing me off a little bit but I also, as we've all heard today I think he just, he loved where he was from. And it makes it a lot easier for me to stand here and tell you how much I love Nevada. And so, as we said we all have these, feel free to sing along with me. [FLOWERS SINGS "HOME MEANS NEVADA"] [EXIT PROCESSION] [end]
SENATOR HARRY REID FUNERAL 01082022 131500
[13:56:08] >> Good morning and welcome, Ladies and gentlemen, service of this invite you to turn them off, mobile devices, and keep them off the entire service. Thank you. Leo now please rise for the read family, and remain standing for the processional on. [14:04:19] FOUST>> Welcome friends, family, brothers and sisters all. We gathered today to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of hearing. My name is Marcus Foust and I am honored to have been asked to conduct this service for my friend. On behalf of the reed family, expressed deep and heartfelt appreciation to all of you for attending today, including those who are observing the service remotely via the internet. Special thanks to all who have assisted with this funeral service especially the Smith Center for hosting us today. [14:05:06] Emily is honored by the attendance of President Joseph Biden. First Lady Joe Biden. Vice President Kamala Harris second gentlemen Mr. Joe veal off and former President Barack Obama. We acknowledge the presence of hundreds of other government leaders including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelois, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. Nevada congressional delegation, and other esteemed members and former members of Congress. [14:05:49] We also recognize religious leaders of many faiths, and from Senator Reid's own faith President Russell Ballard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are here today to give gratitude for the man from search Latin America. shaped by a humble upbringing, Harry Reid rose to the become the ultimate champion of the little guy, lifetime of public service, reflects his deep belief and serving others, like the apostle Paul. lifetime of public service reflects his deep belief in serving others like the apostle Paul, [14:06:27] Harry Reid can now say I've fought the good fight, I finished my course. I have the opening prayer for this service will now be offered by Harry and landed his granddaughter. Joy read. the opening prayer for this service will now be offered by Harry and his granddaughter. Joy read. Our first speaker will be president M Russell Ballard, acting president with the Quorum of the 12 apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For many of President Ballard's 93 years. He was Harry's close spiritual advisor. [14:07:11] Following President Ballard's remarks, We will hear personal reflections from each of Harry and Landon's five children. First, Manoj read varinder Then he read, followed by Joshua Tree. Following Josh random flowers will perform the sill song with deep significance to the Green family. We will then hear from leaf read and brewery rate. After Rory concludes we will be honored to hear tributes and memories from the leaders of Congress, where Senator Reid served for 34 years. [14:07:54] First from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and then from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Now the invocation right Hello, Joy Reid. JOY REID>> Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the opportunity to be here on our coffee and celebrate his life. We think the for allowing us to have known and loved. we are grateful that Poppy is at rest and he is no longer in pain. We think these are watching over him until we see him again. [14:08:41] Please bless Poppy to know how much we love him. Please bless that we can carry his desire to learn and kind heart with us. Please help us to look after poppies wonderful children, take care of his favorite person are sweet Grammy. We say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. [14:09:41] >> You got to put the pulpit on that side and then hold on man nine years old when that sidewalk President Dr. Biden Vice President Harris. Mr Mr. Former President Obama. Speaker Pelosi, leader Schumer and other distinguished friends. I greet you warmly.As we gather to honor and remember our friend, colleague, Harry Reid [14:10:12] Alandra Lana, Rory, Lee's Josh and T. It's an honor for me to be invited to speak as we pay tribute to your beloved husband, father, grandfather. And our dear friend. I know Harry less each and every one of you deeply. I bring the love of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the 12 apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are in Landrieu join our church sent him out to their marriage at age 19. [14:10:57] And they've been faithful disciples of Jesus Christ with a firm belief that we are all brothers and sisters, children of a loving father and my calling and son apostle of Jesus Christ. I had many personal visits with my friend Harry. We would counsel together, share personal experiences and faith. [14:11:27] In more recent years, we shared a similar client we each lost sight in one eye and about the same time he and his right eye And me and my left. We used to remind each other that we could walk down the street, ARM and ARM. He can help me see things on the left and I could help him see things on the right at times Senator Reid, he really was all business. [14:12:06] When anyone recall. the conversation was usually quick and to the point. And when our conversation was over. I don't ever remember him saying goodbye. The phone and click the line was dead. was very, very smart. and as I was with his family I was finally able to say to my dear friend. Goodbye. [14:12:39] There was another side of Harry from his humble beginnings and Searchlight, Nevada to his eventual prominence as a world leader, Harry Red was a man of faith and word and indeed, and the no Testament, Jesus Christ Todd and as much as he have done it unto one of the least of these, my brother um, you haven't done unto me. [14:13:18] Harry cared for the least of these. those who are less fortunate, hungry, sick or those who had any number of challenges. Lorraine was also a great teacher of this principle. On one occasion when speaking to students at the Brigham Young University. [14:13:45] He taught about his conviction for service. He said, many have chosen to pursue and educational direction pointed toward lucrative feel. There's nothing wrong he said. he was seeking a career that will bring you financial success. But never forget that clarion call of the Book of Mormon prophet, King Benjamin, when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God. [14:14:30] my dear friend Harry lived what he tied. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints We strive to visit and care for the individual needs of others. Finally, Minister This way, we are representing Jesus Christ And that in as his agents to watch over live and strengthen those around us. [14:15:07] Of Harry Reid's religious leaders, many have commented that he was the best minister in their congregation. Even during his years as one of the nation's most powerful political leaders. He always made time to minister to the least of these and they did it one by one because of his faith in Jesus Christ, never forgot to reach out to the to new Landra and to your family. [14:15:48] We have the assurance that Harry has returned to the God who gave us live and away it says joyful reunion with you after this life, and through the perfect and eternal Atonement of Jesus Christ, you and your family can be reunited. I share my love for you. And my with us as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ that this is true. And I do so In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. [14:17:07] LANA REID>> Hello when my family was planning today's Memorial, My major request was there be one on the program, but it's possible that may backfire. I didn't think that would be me. but I'm actually very glad to talk about my father, and show you how much we love our dad earlier this week when I was thinking about what I might say, my cousin sent me a eulogy. Earlier this week when I was thinking about what I might say. My cousin sent me a eulogy. [14:17:34] My dad gave it his mom for his mom, my grandma Lolo. at her funeral. He said and I quote, it was not one thing that reminded me of my mother, but many little things. And remembering my father here today, I will follow his lead by remembering him in many ways. There are so many little things I'd like you to know about him. For one, he was just really entertaining to be around because of this particular sense of humor. [14:18:13] He made us laugh all the time. No matter where we were or what we were doing. he made life more fun and joyful. Sometimes during church when we got restless, He would jot down a little poem. usually a roses are red type home, but it wasn't the kind of ending to roses or read poems that you would expect, it was really off the wall, and it makes us enjoy church just that much more. [14:18:43] There are some. sorry, as kids, there were endless games. of hide and seek with him and he never tired of tossing us on the bed when he got home from work. He would take us to Baskin Robbins or love its frozen custard almost every night In the summer and he allowed us to get whatever we wanted. He was the same way when he took us out to eat, partly because he liked our leftovers. [14:19:23] He always let us pick and and that gave us some autonomy to feel like our choices were good choices. Also, he was always generous so that was a part of him, allowing us to pick what we want. When I was a kid, my dad used to run marathons. A lot of times he would go on a training run and tell us to come find him. We get in the car with my mom to look for Him and follow Him until He was ready to stop. [14:20:04] Where sometimes we let him out of the car at railroad pass and that he would run to search light once when I was a very little kid. I got to follow my bike all the way on the Las Vegas Strip. When my mom find found out where we Ben, that was the last time I was able to follow him down the Las Vegas Strip. [14:20:24] My dad was a great friend and he had a eclectic group that he stayed close to his all his whole life. There were many times I got to hear him call Many of you that are sitting in this room are probably most of you sitting in this room. He enjoyed it. When we brought our friend's home. As we grew up, our house was a gathering place. We'd love to be at home with our parents and they welcomed our friends. [14:20:56] My dad loved this and spent a lot of time getting to know our friends and they became his friends. Later when Steve and I had our own kids we tried to follow the example my parents had set. my parents spent a lot of time our house to get to know our children spreads and we hadn't any Sunday dinners with Grammy and poppy at our house. Something we have missed. Since I moved back to Las Vegas. Our children have so many stories about things their Papa said to their friends. [14:21:30] Some of them shocking but always good natured about 20 years ago, my parents downsized. There was about a six month gap between the sale of their house and when they were ready to move into their condo. So they moved into our basement during that time. The bulk of the basement was the kids play room with a small guest room off to the side. [14:21:58] We loved having my parents live with us. But it wasn't exactly a five star accommodations. My parents shared the trundle bed that all my brothers at one point had slept in. And every morning my dad was forced to maneuver around toys before his security detail, picked him up to take him to the Capitol. How that time I bet he was the only senator who had to navigate Legos play mobiel and the beautiful puppet stage that was made like a castle that my husband Steve and my mom hated. [14:22:36] I look back at that time so fondly because he was pulled in so many different directions. But when when he was home, He was Poppy. He didn't want to talk about work. You wanted to talk about us. He made things fun and joyful for my kids in the same way he had made them financial for me. And just like He made us a priority growing up He made all his grandchildren his priority. [14:23:09] My dad always going out of his way to do things to make me feel special. My all time favorite surprise was on my 11th birthday when my parents took me to see the Osmonds before the concert. I got to go backstage. And all of them. Especially Donnie, which made my 11 year old heart skip a beat and I could barely breathe and I have the pictures to prove it [14:23:42] for himself said to me this week, Thank you for sharing your dad with the country. And at first I was confused because while it is a very sweet sentiment, It's not totally true. The truth is, I didn't feel like I had to share my dad with anyone who was always there for our family and he made time for anything that was important to us. So boy, I'm grateful that he was so beloved by all of you and that the country shares and our families morning He never made a share his time and attention [14:24:22] And I will be forever grateful for that this is the most important thing in my talk. Nobody loves me. The way my dad loved me was a wonderful father who loved me unconditionally. and he always made my mom, me and my brothers his priority. I will miss him greatly. I will love you forever. And I'm grateful that families are forever. [14:25:37] KEY REID>> My father wrote me letters, when on the screen is etched with my tears of admiration for when I read it. He wrote in part words when spoken can often be repetitious, fleeting, or forgotten, written words are more permanent. here of 18 is tough. I know because I was 18 And I can remember how difficult it was persistent. be strong. Do what you know to be right. As the trials of life ebb and flow always remember, not only do you have a father standing by also a good friend, you see, have not only been a good son to me, but also a good friend. [14:26:23] Never hesitate to call upon. Thanks for making it so easy to love and appreciate of dad. He taught me through letters, conversations, and most importantly, his example before the first day of school he taught me how to deal with the bully. He taught me how to throw a punch But caution me never to throw the first punch. but to make sure you take care of the bully He also asked me to look for children in the lunch room that didn't have friends and to try and befriend them. [14:27:07] Periodically I'd show them the lunch room at school with the sandwich Cheese paper on both sides still attached. In the bottom of the bag, whole raw onion He taught me humor and showed me his love this way. He played basketball one on one regularly. I mean honest Honesty. I beating me badly for years. [14:27:50] He never took it easy on me and could trash talk with the best of me. When I finally be in his defense resemble the Detroit Pistons teams of the 1980s whenever I got close he found me really hard.My father is loyal and never forgot where he came from. He told me that when he was a child, read books from his school while in search light and it helped him to dream about the world that he wanted to see. [14:28:28] He always shared his love of reading and poetry. My mom. He taught me the importance of thought and reflection. Many nights after my mom had gone to sleep. He'd be in a small closet Whoa on his knees praying in solitude, or sitting on a stool, reading scripture or a book Late into the night for inspiration. [14:29:10] My father taught me to treat everybody equally And not based on race or social status. About once a year we'd get a knock on the door from a stranger. It was offering to trim our trees. Usually the trees didn't need to be trimmed. But he let them trim the trees anyway, and even then pick his pride pick their price. He taught that everybody deserves the dignity of a job. [14:29:47] My father taught me to love nature. This last month, we walked together in the morning we enjoyed the desert sky. bout the smell of the rain and the beautiful trees and cactus the day before my father passed, I walked in to see him. I said hello [14:30:23] It's key. He opened his beautiful blue eyes told him I loved him. For me, he knew. And instead of ending up, ending the call, like usual. And instead of ending up ending the call like usual similar to those of us that you've all described. I knew something was up. within me and gave me a long warm [14:31:08] by my phone, my father was my best friend He knew when to write, When the call When to reach out. His example was one of love. [14:31:40] Love of his parents love my siblings and our partners And this is brand children. Love of his friends love of those without a voice. Well for his colleagues and staff. They love for his country. And most all a love for my mother. [14:32:08] A little later than May My brother Rory asked my father if he was scared hadn't been speaking for quite some time, but said aloud powerful. no Then worry asked if he was worried about my mom said, almost a whisper. Yes. First Corinthians 13 four through eight reads of his patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. [14:32:47] It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice. at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. [14:33:18] My father's nickname is a kitten search light and it basic high school was Pinky. Please allow me to insert the word Pinky, for love. In this Scripture. He is patient and kind. Think he does not envy or boast He is not arrogant or rude. [14:33:50] He doesn't insist on its own way. Think he is not irritable or resentful. Okey does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. He does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. He bears all things believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. [14:34:54] JOSH REID>> I always enjoyed spending time with my dad. When I was eight years old, I was really jealous. My older brother Leif go into work with my dad and his law office and be a runner in his office during the summer. I was told I couldn't go because I wasn't old enough to run around downtown Las Vegas by myself. Not satisfied with that answer wasn't gonna scan for that type of injustice. But one morning I decided to hide in the back of our family station wagon that my dad took to work. [14:35:32] This was not a well thought out plan. First problem with my plan is I got into the station wagon. I was wearing pajamas. I can problem. As it turns out, my dad wasn't going to his office that morning he was going to the courthouse. So as my dad was driving to the office, He said that he felt the sense that somebody was in the car with him. And this was a time when my dad was chairman at a gaming commission and there were some people about in Las Vegas. And so then he saw some hair sticking up over the backseat of the station wagon, and according to him, he thought about what kind of evasive action he needed to take was worried until we recognize that hair. And I know it's hard for you to imagine right now. When I was when I was eight years old, had a nice rally main have blonde hair. [14:36:43] Once I heard my dad yelled Josh knew the jig was up. And since my dad had to get to the hearing, my punishment was to say outside the courthouse in my pajamas with one of the court bailiffs and wait for my sister to pick me up. I'd have that failed stowaway attempts when I was a one certainty that I've had throughout my entire life that my dad loved me unconditionally. I know this because he told me like my other siblings. [14:37:18] Tell me through phone calls. You write me letters and notes that I keep in my law office today that I read and reflect on when when times get tough or stressful. I'm very appreciative that the love that my dad showed me throughout my life. I realized that might be a little bit out of the ordinary to read from the Congressional Record at a funeral that I want to read some of the words that my dad said on the Senate floor on March 30 2004. [14:37:47] He said I wish the people I worked with in the Senate knew my father. Father was named Harry Reid, Same name I have always looked up to my dad, my dad. That was uneducated didn't graduate from a trade base very small example, he was a minor and could go underground with a compass, and create a map. [14:38:25] People in college cannot do that. he was a carpenter. he was a blacksmith. He was much bigger man and I am always admired his physical strength. Reason I mentioned Harry Reid my father's last night my 15th grandchild was born a little boy mentioned my father because my son Josh told me this morning that name that they've named my grandson after me. So I have a little grandson named Harry. we hope as the years go by that little boy will look at his grandfather. the same way I looked at my dad I'm proud of the name Harry Reid, even sign my age like my dad did. [14:39:06] Hope I can set an example that my grandson will respect and admire. I hope my grandson will have an example set by me that is one who will believe in family and keeping families together and being a young man he conducts himself in a proper manner, that hopefully some of the things I have done and will do will be something he will look at look to as a role model that maybe he will adhere to. So I want the record reflect how much I appreciate this great honor to have someone who are all generations of time with the third Harry Reid. [14:39:45] I want to read the statement statement to you because I believe it sums up how my dad saw his role as a father and a grandfather. I'm eternally grateful for the example that he set for me and for my children. [14:40:21] My dad always been telling me how much he loved me and he would often tell me when I had my own kids that you never tell your family that you love them too much. I appreciate that. But he taught me. I'm appreciated the hospital example an impact that he's had in the lives of my children. And was so proud of my son Liam and followed Him in His footsteps I taught attending Utah State where he referee soccer games right across at high school right across the street from where my mom and dad lived in Logan, Utah. My dad used to love calling Liam and hearing his tales of bravery as a soccer referee dealing with unruly soccer parents. And my son Harry, who dad spoke about on the Senate floor 18 years ago is now a senior in high school theater students at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts just down the street from my [14:41:03] After my son Harry told my dad they want to pursue acting again wrote to him and told him that it's better to take risks and trying to pursue what you want in life. and to settle for a life without me. ust like he did with me. My dad always made sure that Liam and Harry knew that he loved them, that he was proud of them. That couldn't be proven anymore by my dad's less words to my son Harry on the day before he passed away. That's my brother mentioned my dad wasn't speaking a lot this day. my son hearing it than sitting at his grandfather's side and when he was leaving, went and held his hand and told his grandfather that he loved my dad immediately responded, I love you even more. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. [14:41:50] ["Be Still" IS PERFORMED] [14:48:28] LEIF REID>> That was amazing. The day before my dad passed all of us work together collectively trying to ease his pain. Music was the only thing that helped because phone out. You were shuffling through his songs, asking what he wanted to hear. I'm doing a response. Bruce, I think And we said Brandon, You want to hear the killers. And he smiled and he gave us a huge. thumbs up. [14:49:10] So want everyone to know that was the last musical request he. There's a little bit already. I could probably start my thoughts. This morning I calling for a raise of hands. My dad ever hang up the phone on you. Sound saying goodbye. [14:49:45] So many of us here. So many of us here, Shimmer, the speaker presidents share their stories all of us have a story about my dad ending phone call, roughly, sometimes even left you're talking for a few minutes before you realize that he hung up. He once said in an interview. When the conversation is over. I hang up. I've offended people. I don't mean to but when there's no need to talk anymore. The call is over. That's part of the narrative of his life. [14:50:28] Saamy was the hang up guy In our family. ending a call early and sometimes it's a contest for us. It's a verb we call Harry reading. But this morning, I want to help everyone see this kind of humorous trait that he had a different light And I think maybe from what you've heard already you know, that as as busy as he was on the Senate Speaking with a head of state, whatever it was. [14:51:17] My dad always took our class never felt ever made us feel dizzy and have the time to moment us. So when he hung up on you. Maybe so quickly. It isn't as much about him being brusque. As it is, was about him being devoted to my mom. You've seen from my brothers also took the time to write us letters or notes riving over here this morning. [14:52:07] We're going through our phones. He was funny, text us back. One of my sons texted him when he found out about his diagnosis of cancer He was worried. We're praying for you. On the ghost of collagen Hawaii. My dad's response was you're far from the volcano. You're safe, are a lot of responses like that. [14:52:52] I've kept those notes and messages that he wrote. He took the time during the most challenging times of my life. to write me almost weekly. I've kept those notes like, like my brothers and my sister. go back to and to look at and to read. Scripture reminisce about the old times that they came from. It is advice. Again, here are some of the words to me that he preserved. These notes and letters. Here are some of the words to me that he preserved in these notes and letters. After the birth of my first son he wrote I thoughts are with you often seems only yesterday you are such a tiny little boy. [14:53:38] Now you are a fine young man and a father yourself. Whatever life has in store for you have a backup your father. Remember this always be happy. Have much to give. Realize how much we've been blessed with. This is not because we've earned in instead, because God has given us a duty to care. I must do this daily. Once he wrote me from the Senate floor from his desk During a speech by a senator I won't name I don't see here that he said was a little boring. [14:54:22] He wrote it good care of yourself. take your rest when it's available. Exercise concentrate on your work. Never return and be sorry for not doing well. Success is not determined in the moment. By the fruits of your labor and the seeds you've planted. Why am I telling you this? things you already know. [14:55:02] Just before Christmas in 1988 When I was in South America, serving the first few months of a two year mission He wrote for this Christmas season you may be assured that my thoughts and prayers are with you worry about you. Awesome. Far away Ecuador. But I also think of life, and its brevity. Formation of you as a person In the spirit of Christmas is obtainable more easily with the work of serving others. I know of your lovely times but be strong. For the time will swiftly pass, when we are reunited. Until then, do well it's your assignment. [14:55:37] Years later he wrote hard to comprehend the swift passage of time. Make the most of it, as you started the days that make fatherhood. I owe you so much, as you have been a great son. Knowing him and seeing the life that he lived. It's humbling to think about how devoted he was to us. He was, and he is our hero. What did we do to deserve our hero? Our father [14:56:22] People know his story. He lived the American dream you could say from searchlight to Washington. From my time as a young boy, it even then seemed fictional. The reality was that he was a man simply chose to do best every day. To do his duty. Take care of his stewardship part of that work was to be our father. Part of that work was to be my mother's soulmate. [14:57:00] Part of that work is to be your senator colleague His devotion, steadfastness and everything he did. Probably the best definition. Shortly after I left for college, you wrote me to say Make the most of your time. As it is said in the Book of Mormon, This life is the time for men prepared to meet God. Yea, [14:57:37] Behold, the day of this life is the day for men to prepare his labors as we heard in the song that Brandon just sung to us. Dad never broke care rose up like the sun, every day, and labored, until last week. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. [14:58:40] RORY REID>> You seen the read kids traveled as a pack. My dad was always looking to provide us an adventure. One summer he borrowed a friend's boat. It was on an outing. We were on a lake. I don't remember if it was meat or Mojave. All of a sudden engine stone. my dad tried over and over to restart it began to drift or the rocky outcropping. [14:59:10] Arm he put it pointed towards the back of the boat and he said Rory are the anchor overboard Is that currently tried to locate an anchor? I Dad his volume increasing? repeated himself. Throw it Rory throw the anchor. [14:59:32] I found it I did as he told me to do. Just as I threw it. I realized it wasn't tied to anything I have no idea how we got back to shore London. But as you've heard from my my siblings, My father had a keen sense of what we needed As children and I had a desire to have no adventure. [15:00:15] I wanted to just stay home, book, movie. I shouldn't have been surprised one day when he came home and said hey Rory. I signed you up for Pop Warner Football. Look at me I'm not built for football, He was at every game the casinos had a beer and I still don't know why I played football. [15:00:54] I really don't have a reason to be concussed regularly other than As I thought about it, The reason I played football was because it gave me time with my father. He loved it more than I did. And it became central to our relationship because I was a teenager, he came to every high school football game. And I remember after one big game. My teammates wanted to go out and celebrate. I went home. One reason I wanted to talk to my dad about one of my friends called and said hey, where are you? [15:01:37] Throughout, you know, somewhere doing this or that and I'm out to my dad. Please tell me I can't go out. Need to. I stayed home with him. Later I adventures with my father became more political 1986 I told my dad I wanted to volunteer on his Senate campaign in Seattle, please. When I was told I was the campaign's official, rural Nevada representative. It's like football I feigned excitement. [15:02:19] I put a box of pamphlets in my Cutlass Supreme And I hit the road. My first is my first assignment was in Ely. nobody on the campaign had the courtesy to let me know that White Pine County is not readWhen I arrived there I checked into the copper Queen motel didn't have an event till later that evening and not want to do anything. [15:02:54] I decided to go knock doors at the first door a young girl answer asked her if your parents were home and she said to follower. Walk through her house into the backyard or her father a burly fellow with a garden hose and hand crouched working. When you look looked up at me. I said, very proud of me. My name is Rory Reid. My father is Congressman Harry Reid, where I could say another word. where I could say another word. The gentlemen used some expletives raised the whole above his head and literally chased me from the yard. [15:03:33] So I went back to the copper queen and watched a movie.When my dad called to check in later that evening, I told him about my day. I just remember him laughing. last and last. And then he said wait until you get to Elko County they really love you. I've also been thinking a lot about a moment I had with my dad when I was very young I was a boy. [15:04:15] I was in the hills a searchlight with him. One of his brother brothers was there. I think it was done. my brother Leif was there if I remember right, I Dad carried a flashlight. You walked a few steps ahead of me.I Dad carried a flashlight. He walked a few steps ahead of me know where we were going. After a few minutes, we approached a dark opening of a horizontal mineshaft that disappeared deep into the hillside as I lean lean to one side, he turned on his flashlight. [15:04:48] And I peered around him And when he shined his light into the blackness, I could see the reflection of two bright red eyes that quickly approached and then our rat screen passes. My dad must have known I was anxious. Three grabbed two of my small fingers in his belt loop, said stay close. [15:04:16] I followed him into the shaft is in the light he provided but any day any discussion of our family or my dad to begin and end in one place, Flandre. She was the center of his universe. [15:05:46] They met as teenagers. They unlocked when they were 19 still teenagers in over 62 years. They provided us a loving example. our real partnership work. At the end of his life My dad asked for his glasses He was real sick and couldn't reach for them. himself, or put them on his face. For the longest time, you just stared at my mom. [15:06:25] There was no need for words. this morning our family was guided here by a police escort an apostle of our faith and offered his blessing to us. You saw in the military procession present the casket of my father in this grand hall. The leaders of the United States Congress are here in his honor. Presidents Obama races with their words and next week I dead will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda in the same spot, Abraham Lincoln rested. [15:07:04] what I cherish most is what I saw. moments that I was privileged to share both Nevada giant May the God of heaven and earth Continue to ensure that his soul rest in peace. My dad did we meet again. [15:08:03] SCHUMER>> First, Josh and leads and beautiful, beautiful, amazing words, nothing anyone could ever say better than to show what a great man. Thank you. Now it's truly an honor for me about my dear friend and my mentor. I reread of search like Nevada, as he would probably refer to himself. [15:08:35] First let me say to lantra love of Harry's life for 62 years. He called his rock. only time I ever saw Harry cry. And he told me Landrieu had had an awful car accident, broken so many bones. He said over and over again. tears stream down his tree, cheeks, or little lantern, or little land dry no nothing, nothing, and replace the hole in your heart right now. [15:09:08] But just know that every single person in this room and literally 1000s More across the nation, or holding you in their hearts, you endure this pain, loss with your family. I lost my dad a month ago but he's still with me. Just as I know Harry is with all of us. Always be five years ago with the unveiling of Harry's official portrait I said it'll be quite some time till we see another like Harry masonry. Five years later, that statement remains as true as ever. He was one of a kind. [15:09:52] Presence of so many distinguished guests this memorial. President Vice President Obama's Speaker Pelosi, elder Ballard, the church, Jesus Christ of Latter Day, Latter Day Saints and so many others. so many of my colleagues who came here both present previously served in all of us being here is proof of the wide and deep impact Harry had is. Now that being said, no doubt, Harry would be extremely annoyed and embarrassed that so many of us made a trip to out to Las Vegas for him. [15:10:33] I know nothing he'd want less than to sit through a bunch of speeches talking about how great he was. but I knew very well and even though he wouldn't want it I know a part of him would enjoy it. It sort of be like seeds Sid Caesar after he had some applause No please, no more applause. I got to know Harry when I came to the Senate 1999. [15:11:02] Here was this man, soft spoken Mormon from search white town that was miles away from nowhere, at least in my mind. awry was rash Jewish kid out of Brooklyn. A borough that's nearly as populous as the state of Nevada. We were a match made in heaven. I quickly learned that just the nice Harry's soft spoken nature was a truly honest and original character. there are so many stories. Let me tell you one. Back in 2012 during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Harry called me all excitedly and suddenly to his hotel room late at night and knocked on the door. and Harry, let me in. [15:11:47] I'm not sure if Landrieu remembers She was there. But we were going to discuss some important issue about the next day's convention. But before I could gather my thoughts, Harry pulled me aside into the small little bathroom. We were virtually on top of each other and he lowered his voice. Chuck want you to take care of something important, he said before pulling out a wad of cash out of his wallet and peeling off for $100 bills. [15:12:19] You know he said you've been working hard do doing a lot of the right things to be democratic leader but you need to dress better. Please buy some better shoes. Now at first I thought Harry pulled me into this little bathroom because he didn't want Landrieu to see him wasting $400 on the Senate's worst dressed member. [15:12:47] But when I asked Harry about it later, he said to me he didn't want to embarrass me in front of land. that was Harry to a tee was no secret that Harry didn't care for the decorum of public office but he didn't know how to dress this part. But his hair regularly shined his shoes. He wore nice suits with yours like Hickey Freeman. And I couldn't afford. But a few years later, I got the better of Harry when I showed up to the Senate wearing a Hickey Freeman suit of my own. [15:13:20] Harry was surprised. He said shock. I thought you said you could never afford a hickey Freeman suit. I told him I can so I visited the warehouse in Rochester and bought one at a wholesale price every stop slipping the meaning for clothes after that. Now to be clear, I don't go around the state looking for good deals on clothing. For example, as many of you know, every year I attended speak it dozens of college graduates Sarah terminal needs around New York every May and June. [15:13:56] Harry of course knew about this tradition. We thought it was hilarious. fact he liked it so much that one day he gathered all 100 staffers into his office, me to deliver the interconnection All of them. After I became Democratic leader, he started to worry about my habit every graduation season. He'd call off my Wi Fi Reese's here today and plead with her to stop him from going to every graduation and every event he's got to garner his strength and his health. That's just too hairy was if you were lucky enough lucky enough that he cared about Well do his friend cared about you with every fiber. [15:14:45] Sometimes you could even say cared a little too much, you know Landrieu wasn't the only woman I've seen Harry cat kiss passionately on the lips. It was back in 2006. Harry and I were watching the election. returns together. They announced our friend Claire McCaskill was the winner of the Senate race in Missouri and we would take back the Senate and I kid you not everyone up to the TV screen and smacked Claire on his lips on hers. his lips remained attached to the TV screen for a full 10 seconds. [15:15:18] He keeps his teachers as image so passionately. I had to get up and white, the copious spill off the TV screen. That's how much we all love Terry. So Harry, in short, is one of the most incredible individuals I've ever met. sort of person you've come across only a handful of times of his nails to his core, and also one of the most compassionate individuals you could ever imagine. Never forgot where he came from. [15:16:00] He stuck up for the underdog. Leaves are a dual event commission from the town is more more than a search. Engine admin, both converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The book of amendment in his office. I'd like to read a verse chapter nine gives me great [15:16:34] for us, dear dear. Oh how great the plan of our God we're on the other hand, the paradise of God was deliver up spirits of the righteous reign deliver up the body of the righteous spirit and the body is restored self again all men become incorruptible and immortal. living souls, Your living souls lose someone special And never truly, always stay with you. 151720 For those of us in the Senate - Senate Democratic Caucus I think that was especially true this past week, as we observed the anniversary of the violent insurrection against our US Capitol, one of the darkest moments for our democracy in living memory. The day saw so many acts of selflessness and heroism, by our - by our US Capitol Police, who once counted among their esteemed ranks one Harry Mason Reid, who served as an officer while studying at Washington School of Law. In so many ways, so many ways, Harry was a guardian and steward of the Senate, literally and figuratively 151802 He took great care of the Senate as an institution. He also knew that the Senate had to adapt to changing times. As we confront the challenges of the coming weeks and months ahead, I take comfort knowing that Harry is with us in spirit, walking alongside us, he's right there, as we continue the work he dedicated himself to for so many, so many years. May God rest his immortal soul, and may his memory be a blessing to all of us. [15:19:14] PELOSI>> Good afternoon everyone, is indeed a great honor to join this triggered with the towering titan of public service, Senator Harry Reid. was an it deeply moving for all of us to hear. Rory Arif and joshing key, speak so lovingly have an heir father. To his children, along with his many precious grandchildren, his darling great grandchild are his greatest pride. But hearing you speak about him shows us a source of strength to force the love and happiness he shared with his adoring and beautiful wife, Condra [15:19:58] was a source of joy to all of us who know them. All of us here today are here personally to celebrate the life of our dear friend Harry Some of us including two presidents of the United States Vice President, members of both the Senate and House are also here officially just salute, a legendary statesman. I have the privilege as Speaker of the House to bring the simplicity of the House of Representatives where Harry one serve, Chuck will say not as long as he served in the Senate, but that's what I wasn't in Congress then. [15:20:39] But he was in the house and he was running for the United States Senate. My team. Francisco my husband policies here, priority for us. And we're And we're pleased to join our distinguished John, our members. I didn't see where support and Suzie Li Ren greetings of all of our colleagues, some we are all viewed as a great person. [15:21:18] I have a great deal I want to say about Harry but you know Harry he was a man of few words and he wanted everybody else to be a person, a few words. And again, we'll go to the phone calls because I immodestly say that I probably got hung up on the most by Harry Reid two or three times a day for 12 years. that is official working days, sometimes Saturday and Sunday. [15:21:50] But anyway, even if we had really succinct conversation, hairy subject that's problem, this timing, this, that succinct. So sometimes even called a bag said Harry, I was singing your praises. I was thanking you for the great job you did in the legislation and the rest I don't want to hear it click. I even said to him as when he was announcing his retirement. I want to have a big dinner, invite all the friends that you've served with in the past and the house, in the Senate and the rest. I don't want to do it. [15:22:35] When I want to sing for them to sing your praises. I don't want to do it. Save the money. Did the poor Arie is modesty made him unique, you might say in politics, but his humility was rooted in his strong values from a humble childhood. Rising search light to the spotlight to seven leaders at two hours more than four decades of public service and even at the highest. Work out and to fight for Nevada. [15:23:19] Indeed, Harry loved his home state you know that he did everything he could to ensure Nevadans voices are heard other protecting the state's natural environment or its political environment especially its coveted role in the presidential selection process. To observe Harry lead and legislate was to see a master hairless TJ knowledgeable and brilliant. know he was a pioneer. Like the Pioneer Aries ascendant leader few could rival Harry's understanding of his senators, their states their needs their ambitions and then all of our conversation. [15:24:08] I never heard Harry say an unkind word about any of his Senate Democratic Republic.12 years we served together as leaders in our respective houses. I had the privilege of seeing his metric firsthand, rescuing American families with the American Recovery and Reinvestment protecting hardworking consumers with the Dodd Frank and championing the passage of the carrot, just to name a few under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. [15:24:48] When he retired, we would no longer be speaking constantly on the phone. He came to my office. This was when he announced his retirement. He said, Nancy, I have something for you to remember me behind. I thought it might be a handwritten note or special so instead, he unveiled a massive bald eagle stuff. but the wing says you're capable of fluttering in the breeze. Shocked I said Harry Did you go hunting and killing endangered species. He said no. He died flying into a power line. And I call them Sparky. [15:25:28] His his environmentalism or his dry sense of you and I've ever received offices. Today this majestic bird has flown from the Senate leaders office over to the Speaker's office appropriately and with His permission, now called Harry. [15:26:10] For his great legislative achievements, his most enduring public legacy will be that he was beloved. The word not often used to describe political leaders. He was beloved by his colleagues, by staff by maintenance workers, and by the Capitol Police and as a leader mentioned, with whom he served as a young man fully beloved by all because he treated everyone with dignity and respect. 152636 Next week, Leader Schumer and I will have the solemn privilege of welcoming Harry back to the Capitol to lie in state, a proper tribute for a historic, patriotic American. May it be a comfort to Landra, and their beautiful family, all who love him, that so many Americans mourn with you at this sad time. Paul and I who love Landra who loves Landra and love Harry send you our personal sympathy and love. God truly blessed America with the life and legacy of Harry Reid, may he rest in peace. [15:27:38] >> Thank you all. You're grateful for the entertaining loving and tender memories have been shared. We will now be honored to hear from another of Senator Reid's very talented friends, Carole King. At the request of land will perform in the name of former President Barack Obama will then deliver the eulogy. Following President Obama's remarks, we will hear from the President of the United States Joseph Arbeit. At the conclusion of the President's remarks closing prayer and benediction will be given by a granddaughter, Savannah, jeans, read these remain in your seats. After the closing prayer for a special sendoff. [15:28:32] [CAROLE KING PERFORMS "IN THE NAME OF LOVE"] [15:32:56] OBAMA>> Mr. President and First Lady Biden. Vice President Harris, second gentlemen, Emhoff, Schumer, Speaker Pelosi Allard, about raise beloved children, grandchildren, friends and former staff. Great honored to be with you today to pay tribute to friend Harry Reid. [15:33:32] Be clear and as Chuck mentioned his remarks, I suspect Harry themselves would not have wanted to sit through this thing. Harry did not like being center of attention. It made him a little awkward. He was uncomfortable, but people said too many nice things about him [15:34:06] as he looks down on us today Harry is going to have to suck it up, because few people have done more for this state This country driven Brilliant. Sometimes irascible deeply good man, search light about I first met Harry in 2005 After I'd been elected to the Senate and Harry had been elevated to become Democratic leader [15:34:50] And I was the sole African American in the Senate at the time. Mix kid. Funny name. And given how different our backgrounds where I did not know how well Harry and I would hit it off. He was older of course. his kids were grown and know what kind of music he liked. and I figured he didn't listen to Jay Z. [15:35:29] On the issues he had a reputation for being a little more conservative than I was collecting politics is western state. So he invited me to his office for a chat shortly after I'd been sworn it was not a lot of small talk. But there was not a lot of talk at all. He asked me what committee assignments I wanted. I told him he said see what he could do. [15:36:00] At the time, his voice was so soft I could barely hear what he was saying. Afterwards, my fear, colleague from Illinois to Durbin, asked me how it went. And I don't know The whole conversation lasted maybe 10 minutes he did not seem particularly pleased with my picking up this time. I'm worried except if he didn't like you. It would have only lasted five minutes was Harry. [15:36:46] Harry was not a schmoozer or a backslash. He did not regale you with long drawn out stories. and he did not appreciate long drawn out story. Despite the years he spent in Congress, despite power he wielded his reputation as being the consummate Washington insider. [15:37:17] What I came to realize was that every always remains something of an outsider in Washington, which makes sense, given the remarkable path to the Senate. Have you taken a path that was at least as unlikely, if not more than likely the month. Others have mentioned areas of extraordinary journey out of search like I need desert town and our re from just about everywhere. [15:37:53] Harry had to hit more than 40 miles each way to Henderson Stay with relatives just to go to high school. I put himself through college and law school moonlighting as a uniform Capitol police officer to help cover tuition and support young family. Fairness say it was not easy. [15:38:15] Or must have been times where he found out about achieving his dreams. Like the time when his car broke down and he walked into the dean's office to say that he wasn't sure if he could afford to finish school. Very remembered it the beam looked him up and down and said Mr. Reid, why don't you just quit that beam did not know Harry Reid's character, [15:38:46] like others who would later underestimate the man. it's a success in the boxing ring, despite being significantly undersized, you'd like to talk about his box No, Brock wasn't a great athlete. [15:39:17] wasn't big and strong like some of the guys I went up against two things going for me. take a punch ever gave up? about right. And same dog and determination Monetary rates political career. losses per Senate race by just 600 votes. [15:39:46] Six months later, he ran, mayor of this town and lost in a landslide. Harry did not give up, got himself a seat in the house and the Senate finally became Senate Majority Leader. got himself a seat in the house. and the Senate finally became Senate Majority Leader. And let's face it, he enjoyed every minute of proving doubters wrong again and again and again. Sometimes the people who motivate us the most very would later say are the ones who believe in us. Least. [15:40:27] So yes, being tough being a fighter was one of Harry's singular characteristics. apparently. Once a snapper handed them and some draft remarks, in which he was supposed to refer to themselves as a former boxer and Eric crossed out the word former It was 70 years old at the time. [15:41:00] But there were other aspects to Aries character that helped explain his extraordinary achievements. qualities that at this particular moment in our history, seem special element.First and foremost, it was a pragmatism spectrum. Apply strict purity tests for politicians. [15:41:40] And they toe the line on just about every issue At a time when so often compromises portrayed as weakness. Or you had a different view. He didn't believe in highfalutin theories are rigid ideologies. He thought most people make decisions based on their life experience based on the immediate needs of their families, based on their own self interests, no matter what they may tell themselves. And as a result, every met people where they work, where you wanted them to be. 154223 And he was willing to cut deals even with folks he didn't agree with or particularly like. I heard Nancy Pelosi say she never heard Harry say anything bad about any of his colleagues. I don't know about that, Nancy. But he would work with them. [15:42:50] I love Nancy, but I, you would work with them. if that's what it took to move things forward. They battle between perfection, and progress. or he always chose adaptable when he first got to Washington area, his voting record wasn't so different from those who'd represented his state in the past. Holding traditional positions on issues like gun rights, immigration, reproductive health, [15:43:37] As Nevada and the country as Harry met more and more people from different walks of life and realize their struggles, weren't that different from his family's been in search light are his views on some of these issues, changed as well. He didn't consider that a weakness. He understood that he wasn't always going to be right about everything. Know how to listen, learn, was humble enough to admit when he had to change his mind and grow. [15:44:15] And by the way, speaking from personal experience. It helps when you're married to somebody, wiser and brighter than you I know something about that. After Harry introduced a bill repealing birthright citizenship in the 1990s for example, Andrew Bandra pointed out that her own father had been a Russian immigrant later here we would say, I came to the realization. I was way off base. So glad [15:45:00] Now there are plenty of politicians making decisions just because they want to get reelected. They've got their fingers out to the wind. They're interested in claim to power for its own sake, for Harry. The whole point of holding us The whole point of wielding power was to actually get things done on behalf. Those represent bring his time as leader that is exactly what he got things done about Harry we would not have passed the Recovery Act [15:45:41] helping to prevent another Great Depression. But Harry we wouldn't have saved people's jobs, help people stay in their homes. Ideally, we would not have passed Wall Street perform reining in some of the worst abuses of the financial industry. Without Harry there would be no Affordable Care Act. People forget that there were many times during the debate over health care reform when it looked like nothing was going to get passed. [15:46:14] Harry working with Nancy Pelosi in the house working with and vice president. Now, by now President, my partner. And despite Joe Biden. Every refused to give up. Maneuvering applying pressure light only he could deals Harry, made to get that law done didn't always look pretty. I got votes. [15:46:53] Whenever I would object to a change you want to make. whether because some policy concerns or worries about the optics area would tell me with some exasperation in his voice. Mr President, you know a lot more than I do about health care policy, okay. I know the Senate write the novel. better than just anyone else. [15:47:25] The work we're doing Growing up Harry's family didn't have health care told me he didn't even know what it was. His brother broke his leg. He stayed in bed and waited for it to heal. Father needed a tooth removed yanked it out himself, Harry, remember those times. He knew what that was like. [15:47:56] When Harry put everything he had in the passing ACA. he didn't do it to burnish his own legacy. He did it for the people back home and families, why kids needed someone looking out for when nobody else was there we got things done. Here's another thing that certain area part. He was always unfailingly himself. [15:48:33] I may not sound exceptional, but in Washington. It is an exceedingly rare quality. He was the first to admit he wasn't the most charismatic or politically correct speaker. After a press conference, we'd sometimes go up to a staffer and say Okay, tell me everything I did wrong. But Harry knew who he was. [15:49:02] They had the distinct advantage of not really caring what other people thought of them. in a town obsessed with appearance, Harry had a real vanity deficit. He didn't like phonies. He didn't like grandstanding. Is your try to get out in under 10 minutes. And apparently the only white house congressional picnic area ever attended. Work was for his son keys benefit. [15:49:43] Kiki wanted to impress the girl. He was dating at the time, mile myelin ended up getting married. So Harry grudgingly admitted it was worth the sacrifice. All of her his toughness. All this hard nosed views about politics, very loved his family. Loved staff. Very was a true and loyal friends Harry was a true and loyal friend. [15:50:32] For my time in the Senate, he was more generous to me than I had any right to expect. as one of the first people they encouraged me to run for president Leaving that despite my youth, despite my inexperience, despite that I was African American. badly when the time made one of us. [15:51:09] You wanted Harry in the foxhole with you. his willingness to fight by my side to stick with me, even when things weren't going our way. My poll numbers, it's gone down some Democrats thought it might be proven to maintain a healthy distance from me. His willingness to be there. Last wrote my presence A debt that to him that I could never fully repay. [15:51:48] Remember, toward the end of my time in the White House, Shell and I invited Harry and Land Rover to better alone with Joe and Jill and Nancy and Paul, Chuck and Iris. During the meal Harry was as usual or marginally south. Occasionally he'd offer an opinion on this or that. Mutter about food was pretty good.But he was keeping his own counsel. [15:52:19] At the end of the night. Those who were there, I suspect will remember this. everybody here knows that I don't show a lot of emotion. okay. It's just how I grew up. [15:52:45] I just want to say I'm really proud of what I've done with this president. And I love this guy. And then, without any warning He leaned over and kissed me on the cheek. I think it's fair to say that we were all surprised. [15:53:15] And I laughed so Thanks, Harry. I love you too man. I put my arm around him, which I think was too much fun. Cuz he said Well, okay, then It's past my bedtime And with that, he Alondra headed for the door Pragmatism adaptability premium on getting things done. [15:53:57] Lack of pretension abiding more world what Harry Reid represents, a man of our qualities that are in short supply these days Yeah, it seems to me they are precisely the qualities our democracy requires. very understood We don't have to see eye to eye on everything. [15:54:38] Order live together. Be decent toward each other. that we can learn to bridge differences at ground and race and region, know that our system of government isn't based on demanding that everybody think exactly the same way. In fact, it presumes that in a country as big and diverse as ours, People rarely will. We can still work together. [15:55:15] We may have been a proud democratic partisan. He didn't shy away from Bare Knuckle politics but his true is I've never heard Harry speak of politics, as if it was some unbending battle between good and evil. Does he know what was true for itself was true for everybody that all a bundle of contradictions all have our floats. However, a blind spots. [15:55:54] Despite all that was possible for us to affirm our collective humanity. That's what made America great. Once we both left office and see much of Harry We call each other on the phone from time to time. [15:56:26] Tell me about Landrieu It's speak with great pride about his kids, his grandkids all they were doing. Tell me about his illness and treatments. he was going through. At some point during those calls. He'd usually mentioned somebody had run into with thanked him for getting them health care, or save their job. [15:57:02] And particularly in recent months maybe knowing that he didn't have much time left. Wow himself Talk about how together we made a darn good team. We've done pretty well for the American people is I would start to reply. As he would cut me off. All conversation with last about five minutes. [15:57:41] But in those five minutes, he communicate more some folks, they want a couple hours. Some folks. they want a couple hours A true Harry was a man who knew what was important And didn't believe in dwelling on one was. one former colleague explained it by saying to Harry. Goodbye, was an unnecessary would [15:58:17] might not have been necessary for Harry but it is for us.Thank you for everything. betta has never had a greater champion. And the country benefited from your extraordinary leadership. I could not have asked for a better referring to did love you back. [15:59:23] BIDEN>> Mr President. I could tell you, every time I hear a dial tone I think y'all think I'm kidding, I'm not. I'm not. Jill and I are here for Harry but he would he would want us to really be here for just him. Everybody is reference. Under we're here for you. Eulogy is for a living. [16:00:03] Oh it's a true love story. We are still talking about your first date. 60 years later. Erin ever tired of telling the time your two kids had to push start his car, making your way down the road. Wide smiles on your face. Wide smiles on your face. I recollection as he called it when he told me the story. One of those quote moments of eternal life stay with you until the last breath [16:00:37] Mahindra. What a life, you turn together. Tools last breath. Leave Josh key. All the grandchildren, great grandchildren. Seeing, hearing you talk about him today. It's clear. My dad used to have an expression say or blood of His blood, bone in his bone. [16:01:08] You are products of Harriet and to read What a gift. gift God gave you a gift Was it is other valid President Obama, Vice President Harris second gentlemen. Governor slot passport into the state.And Iris and Chuck Schumer all and Nancy Pelosi, members of in Nevada congressional delegation. [16:01:45] Senator Cortes Masto, and Rosen representatives hard shoes me Horsford Me and Titus, members of Congress Democrat Republican past and present things guest What a gift. I read was to the state to this nation. The so many of us individually. I know he's smiling right now. Only Harry Reid at his send off, wood, Sammy the speaker between former president knighted states cow king in the killers. [15:02:28] Carrie always had a great sense of humor. Always Edwin, we always did. Got me again. But he always got me the first time I met her I got a call asking whether as I just been elected 29 years old resign in the State Senate. I hadn't even turned 32 yet he was newly, I was a newly elected Saturday asked Me campaign for selection or Nevada Senate seat being vacated by a man, I'd only just begun to know Alan Bible. first thing when he met I met him in Nevada. We were talking about where he's from, he said Well, I used to have to go out and shoot mad dogs. [16:03:16] I thought what in the hell am I doing here. swear to God, I used to go out and shoot Mad Dogs. I'm thinking, let's be father for I have sinned. what's going on? Are you lost that general election by less than 600 votes while axon and he never let me forget thinking that I probably cost him 600 votes. Only kidding about that. I probably did. When asked me to come back and campaign for him when he ran for the House in 1982. He won that time. [16:03:52] And he wanted 86 Go on to serve in Congress together for more than 30 years. worked together with Iraq during the eight years we were in office. Anyone Harry was done in the Senate. He was never really done, as all of you from Nevada now, it asked me to campaign for North Florida, Nevada Democrats it asked me to campaign for an awful lot of Nevada Democrats. And even here today. I can never say no although you probably said oh god he invited Biden into my district. [16:04:30] I talk to him often during this past election, taking his voice and logic until you have come into his home and more than one occasion to visit and get his advice and where I should be going. In order to win. After you want. One of the things Harry did which was sort of incongruence with Eric heard today. He sent me a text. I saved it. you're my brother. We won. Well, made a big deal to me was a big deal to me that he felt that way. Now Harry never wrote what you didn't believe, [16:05:14] made me feel good. made me feel good. He gave me a sense of confidence, felt like he was my brother counted on. felt like he was my brother counted on. And though so many of you felt that same way about Harry's well throughout his career in your relationship, or five decades we became genuine friends. The Irish Catholic kid from 10 Pennsylvania in the Latter Day Saint Francis life. you think I'm kidding. Airs like the guys I grew up with, back in Scranton in Claymont. Delaware. [16:05:51] Harry would always have your back. Like the guys I grew up. I had mine. He knew I had his although I sometimes wonder. I was trying to make an important point to Harry about whether he really did have my back as He hung up. But to tell the truth every time. every time I knew it was real, the real Harry Tim. it all he needed. We didn't want any more. need more. [16:06:30] We did share some similarities. Brock said we're loving families wives are smarter and better looking than we were. Her and I both like to talk a lot. I guess testing whether you're asleep yet. Whether you're served with Harry for decades, Or you renewed American just a few days ago. One herring in your corner and that's not hyperbole. is toughness was distinctly Nevada, [16:07:09] His story was unmistakably American. his remarkable journey has been told so many by so many because it has been traveled by so few. call home? miles a hitchhike to school boxing ring Rio he's got up. family tragedies endured the cancer he and longer fought halls of power he walked the state he transformed the country he shaped. [16:07:40] It was proof. There's nothing ordinary about America, ordinary Americans can do anything, given half a chance. ordinary Americans can do anything given half a chance. We the People Pretty damn extraordinary. America is an idea, an idea. an idea. Anybody give it a shot. Recent potential Harry was extraordinary though. And I grew up in different sides of the country. We came from the same place certain values ran deep. [16:08:21] First loyalty, Fake resolve, service, your word. pounded into my head from the time I was a child. Joe you're a man even word without your word. you're not a man. The Met the marker, what I always believed was the most important thing which you can measure person by their actions and keeping their word. I said he was gonna do something. He did it. He didn't do it. the modern day rationalities when I told you how to do that I didn't realize that this would happen. [16:08:57] No matter what happened at his word, Japanese bank on it. So we got so much done for the good of the country for so many decades.That's how we literally saved we forget it Social Security. During the Bush years. GOP Yucca Mountain from becoming a nuclear waste site secured devotion to the Affordable Care Act. [16:09:25] It's how he helped us rein in Wall Street. the excess isn't repealed. Don't Ask Don't Tell. Tao created the visor first national park, and conserve like Tao.We always champion Native Americans and tribal communities. So much more And it was easy to get particularly popular when he was doing it. The thing about Harry, he never gave up. He never gave up. He never gave up on anybody. [16:10:04] I gave a great leader. He led Democratic caucus just not by speaking but by listening or hearing all points of view finding a common ground. Eric cared so much about his fellow Americans. And so little about what anybody thought of him as all search like no spotlight. Always appreciate by the comfort, though it is Jill with me tonight. He offered me and Jill and difficult moments in our lives.No, we're not the only ones. [16:10:48] Just passing all heard those wonderful tributes, gracious way we console grieving, grieving and encourage someone living with a disability. I saw that picture of our buddy Max Baucus, X losing grievous limbs he's already standing in front of the wheelchair holding his cheeks. No, Max Max knew or cared about generous way to empower new colleagues or insist the new moms and dads on staff who put their family first before their job and do it always [16:11:32] get in friendship He made the Capitol police have been recognized three times because he was one of the he wore the uniform. he more than a friend in need. Are his voice was soft and gentle. praising himself was stone cold, silent. Pursuit of fairness and prosperity voice would echo when will I go for generations in this state? 161200 Look, let there be no doubt, Harry Reid will be considered one of the greatest Senate Majority Leaders in history. [16:12:11] I've served longer than all but out 12 United States Senate, there for over 36 years, I've had the honor of serving the few of those names to be on that short list for Harry wasn't about powers about the sake. about the power to be able to use power to write by people. [16:12:34] That's why you wanted Harry in your corner. That's what we should remember. the nation today already knew better than most out difficult democracy is the idea of America. itself is under attack. dark and deep and the forces that were in a battle for the soul of America. 161258 Landra I remember sitting in a room with Harry when he was supporting me for President. My explaining to him, the reason I decided to run when I had decided I was never going to do that again was watching all those Neo Nazis come out of the fields down in Virginia chanting anti semitic bile, carrying Nazi flags. And he asked me, what? I said, we have to restore the soul of America. 161330 No one knew it better than Harry. Protecting democracy requires vigil -- vigilant stewardship. Harry's life shows that for all, from our darkest days, we can find light and find hope. Just look at his life. In just about every respect, Harry Reid came into this world with the odds against him. He believed life, and he lived it and he left it, believing anything was possible. [16:14:11] Demonstrate that anything's possible Look at this incredible family in a small way, minds, me and my dad. My dad used to say, Joey, never explain and never complain. Remember one day we're having an event. I was running for my this was fifth term. Route my house. I feel sorry for myself talking about a family. Awesome. daughter. [16:14:52] My dad said I'll be back in a minute left the house waiting for people to show up. Look to the local Hallmark store. In back Ricard, two news all brass plaque with two sections to two clips and the cartoon character Hagar the horrible One Hagar the Viking ship. moving along here the rocks lightning comes out of the sky chars is the horns of his helmet breaks the master of his ship. And he's looking up a god he's going, God, why me? [16:15:41] the next frame.The next frame is a picture of a garden the ship and voice coming down having the same Why not? What makes you so special these things wouldn't happen to you. Why not stand up. Get up, never bow never been never yield. never bow never been never yield. That was Harry never complained. So as your mind so much of Harry's desk as we all know, he sent it off some giant portrait of Mark Twain [16:16:21] They both Harry and Mark Twain love Nevada. They both, both knew how to say things, know to be true about ourselves and about our country for hiringknow to be true about ourselves and about our country for hiring. was this. as he said himself, he said quote I grew up around people strong values. Even if they rarely talked about not to say they love their country, Worship God ever shunned hard work, never asked for special favors. [16:17:00] That's Harry, that's America or someone. Mark Twain himself would have written about the defining character in American story had he known, Harry, who staff, known as Team Read last incredibly genuine role model. [16:17:35] We see a carrying on HMR his legacy People in Nevada you lost a beloved son. The spirits always gonna burn as bright as the desert sun. the nation we lost a giant American plainspoken honorable decent Bray on yielding man. This be his legacy. On each of us, be our best. Speak truth in the heart. Take up the remaining rounds of Harry Reid's good fight. [16:18:17] In America we all put a gift. In this from the bottom my heart what a gift. What a life of a nation. He turned until his last breath. Under God bless you. God bless the entire family of us, my friend Eric. Great American. God protect our troops. [16:19:25] >> Dear Heavenly Father we are grateful to be gathered together today. from world leaders to family members to celebrate the life of Harry. We're grateful for the beautiful words and music that have been shared today and for all the preparation and thought that went into this service. Most importantly though, we're grateful for the years that we had Harry on this earth. You're grateful for his good works and the community is gripped his tenacity especially grateful for the loyalty the love and the dedication that you showed his family and friends. [16:20:03] That's for a blessing of comfort and peace to view this especially to Leanna worrying to leave to Josh and to key and especially to grant that she can lift it up and comforted by the love of those around her, that she can keep poppies memory with her always pray that his memory can be a blessing to us. and then as we serve you we can remember his good example of service and that the best of him can be carried on in the lives of his children, his grandchildren His great grandchild and all those and he touched say these things in Jesus name, Amen. [16:21:02] FOUST>> Thank you Mr President, and all. Much has been said about Senator Reid's telephone etiquette in the service my own experience I have concluded, paraphrase, aligned from a popular 1970 movie that for Harry. Paraphrase a line from a popular 1970 movie that for Harry love means never having to say goodbye because of the love of the Savior of Jesus Christ, Neither do we. [16:21:35] Instead, we say Terry, I'd be with you. again Senator Reid's casket will be flown to Washington or he will lie in state at the capitol rotunda with an additional ceremony, honoring his life to be held on January 12. Senator Reid will make her final journey home To search light or he will be interred near other members of his family. [16:22:14] As the read family now the parts. We ask the congregation to stand and join Brandon Flowers, who will lead us in singing the Nevada State song. Home Means Nevada. The words appear on the program. And for those of you who are not from here. It's Nevada, not Nevada. [16:22:48] Brandon Flowers sing this song often at Senator Reid's events. and as we all know, Harry Reid, is first and foremost a devoted son of Nevada. Please remain standing until the family and special guests have departed due to COVID protocols, the family will not be able to receive guests after the service, and thank you all for being here today. [16:23:28] FLOWERS>> I first met Senator Reid in 2009. And we were lucky enough to get the tour of the Capitol. And it was it was just an inspiration for me because here was the Senate Majority Leader and he came from the basically the same dirt that I came from. And we you know, we share the same faith and it wasn't five minutes into the meeting and when he he waved for Chuck Schumer to come over and he had me sing, Nevada state song, and the office. [16:24:02] And I think he was showing me off a little bit but I also, as we've all heard today I think he just, he loved where he was from. And it makes it a lot easier for me to stand here and tell you how much I love Nevada. And so, as we said we all have these, feel free to sing along with me. [FLOWERS SINGS "HOME MEANS NEVADA"] [EXIT PROCESSION] [end]
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WASH 8 LEWIS FUNERAL ATLANTA GA CLEAN SWITCHED P5 WASH 8/ POOL 6 - Switched feed >> He was a member of ebenezer for years before he became ill. He would go back to Atlanta every weekend, and every Sunday morning, he would go to the early morning service. The 8:00 A.M. Ser because he rose at 5:00 in themorning, and this church meant so much to him. It's where he and his wife Lillian were married. Er funeral service was held there. Ese images I can recall of John Lewis and his wife, [10:57:03 AM] Lillian's funeral. You see this man brokenhearted. His partner for 41 years was gone, and say for people of faith -- I know people in that church are mindful that John lewiss with her again, his partner, this woman who they worshipped god together in that place. And ebenezer is a special place. It was the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and America will be exposed to something. It will see the grandness of a black church, that historically in a black church, that's where we discuss politics. That's where people find comfort. That's where the medicine of music exists. Today we'll hear from grammy singers, grammy award winners. We'll hear from three presidents, so yes, politics, yes, the comfort of music and also the strategy that came out of a black church. Where do we go forward? Where do we go Monday? [10:58:04 AM] We'll hear about that today. Where do we go as a nation taking John Lewis' mission forward? >> We saw the congressman coming into the chapel today. You see kamala Harris, and Cory booker, African-American senators. They are part of John Lewis' legacy as well. >> So many who he inspired and that's what struck me when I was reading his words today in the op-ed. He talked about how he lived to be inspired by this next generation where he says, you filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. So we really see this full circle. He inspired. He lived to be inspired. He through his commitment and hard work to making sure that millions of Americans would have access to what he called first class citizenship, he ultimately got to see his parents cast their first vote. He got to see the first black president who is now going to be delivering his eulogy today, and he got to get a library card [10:59:07 AM] from the library in Alabama that initially denied him, and that's how this all is so full circle because that's where it all started. He talked about in 1956 he was just 15 years old going to the local library, and he was poor and didn't have books at home. He was going with his brothers, sisters and cousins to get books because he liked to read and the librarian said, look. The library is just for whites only. Fast forward to 1998, he ended up writing a book. That library called him to have a book signing there. That book signing of course, was attended by blacks and whites alike. After it was over, they granted him that library card 42 years later, George. >> A long time coming right there. The service is about to begin. There you see at ebenezer Baptist, and as we come up on 11:00 eastern on the east coast, we should note that the family has said that right at 11:00, churches around the country, 500 churches around the country expected to ring bells for 80 [11:00:07 AM] seconds to celebrate John Lewis. Let's listen. [ Bell tolls ] Ebenezer Baptist church. [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:01:23 AM] [ Bell tolls ] >>> 80 bells, 80 seconds, 80 years for John Lewis. [ Bell tolls ] [11:03:01 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:04:19 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] . >> President George W. Bush entering the sanctuary along with Laura bush. Everyone this morning in masks. [11:05:23 AM] The speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. She will speak as well, a colleague of John Lewis for more than 30 years in the house. I believe that's the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha lance-bottoms, and now the pastor of ebenezer Baptist will lead the service. >> Shall we stand? I am the resurrection and the lake, said the lord. [11:06:32 AM] Yet shall we live again. >> Pastor saying the prayer. Former president Bill Clinton. >> Shall never die. And that he shall stand with me at the light of day. Infy skin, worms destroy this body, yet shall I see god. I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and another. Behold, eyes show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in [11:07:37 AM] the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the death must be raised and crumble. We shall all be changed. Immortality. This corruptible, corruption at whim, this corruptible shall put on corruption. When put on immortality, then will be brought to pass. Death is in dignity. Where is your dignity? [11:08:38 AM] Thanks be onto god who gives us the Victor. Thanks be on to god who gave John Robert Lewis the victory through Jesus Christ, our lord and liberator. Let all the children of god say amen. >> All: Amen. >> You're in a Baptist church. Say it loudly. Amen. >> All: Amen. >> You may be seated. God bless you, my sisters and brothers. You who sit in the sanctuary and those who join us on our church livestream or by television, god [11:09:41 AM] bless you and welcome to ebenezer Baptist church. Spiritual home of martin Luther king Jr., spiritual home of John Robert Lewis, America's freedom church. In these difficult days that even made grieving more challenging. At a time when we would find comfort in embracing one another. When we must socially distance from one another, but make no mistake. We are together. In principle, even if not in proximity. We may not all be in the same room, but we are all on the same page, and we are in touch with [11:10:43 AM] the same spirit. We love John Robert Lewis. [ Applause ] Come on. Give god preach. Come on. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Let me just offer this. [11:11:43 AM] We praise god for John Lewis, but as we gather in this house, god be reminding that as a teenager, he actually used to preach to the chickens. I guess you have to start somewhere. At age 16, he preached what we call his trial sermon in a little country church, but as his life he preached sermons, he became one. He became a living, walking sermon about truth-telling and justice-making and he loved America until America learned how to love him back. [ Applause ] At a time when there is so much [11:12:44 AM] going on in our world, the new cycle is packed at a dizzying pace. In the last several days, it is as if time stood still while the nation takes its time to remember him. I rise a big ask in this call to celebration. What is it that calls us to slow down, to linger for a little while with so much swirling around us. We're summoned here because in a moment, when there are some in high office who are much better at division than vision who cannot lead us so they seek to divide us. In a moment when there is so much political cynicism and [11:13:48 AM] narcissism that masquerades as patriotism, here lies a true American patriot who risked his life and lived for the hope and the promise of democracy. [ Applause ] We celebrate John Lewis. Beaten and battered, but never bitter. On a bridge in Selma, he stared down bigotry and tyranny and won. How did he do it? The great-great-grandson of slaves, he received a spiritual power born of suffering that transcended human station and called upon the human law to more closely align itself with the law of love. Howard Thurmond said by some amazing, but vastly creative spirituality, the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst. John Lewis' ancestors met a man [11:14:50 AM] named Jesus in the brush of Alabama and Georgia and Mississippi and John Lewis received that faith and took it with him across that bridge in Selma, and every other bridge. We've come to celebrate John Lewis. [ Applause ] So let us be clear. When president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law, what he etched in ink had already been sanctioned by blood, the blood of the martyrs, the blood of Cheney and Goodman, two Jews and an African-American who were murdered in Mississippi, the blood of Viola, the blood of John Lewis. We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America's transgressions, bruised for our [11:15:55 AM] inequities. The chastisement of our peace was from him, and from his strikes we are healed, so let's remember him today and let's recommit tomorrow to standing together and fighting together, and voting together and standing up on behalf of truth and righteousness, together. We'll get through this together. Let's worship the lord. Let's worship the lord together. Thank god for John Robert Lewis. Let the nation say amen. >> All: Amen. >> And let the angels rejoice. >> Psalm 23 will now be read by [11:16:57 AM] a niece of John Lewis. >> Good morning. I will be coming from the 23rd number of psalms. The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake. Shall I walk through the valley of the shadows of death I shall fear no evil for thou are with me. Prepares the table before me and the presence of my enemies. My cup runeth over. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever. Thank you. >> And now a new testament [11:17:59 AM] reading from Mrs. Roslyn king, another niece. Of Mr. Lewis. And you notice there they are disinfecting the mic after each speaker. >> Good morning. I will now be reading the first chronicles, 13th chapter. If I could speak all the languages of Earth and of angels but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of god's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. [11:19:00 AM] Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Prophesy and speaking in an unknown language, in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless, but love will last forever. Now our knowledge is partial, and incomplete, and even the gift of prophesy reveals only part of the whole picture, but when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child, but when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly like puzzling reflections in a [11:20:01 AM] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely just as god now knows me completely. Three things will last forever. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Thank you. >> Good morning. While we know that death is the great equalizer, we all recognize that each person's experience with it is different, and so I want to extend condolences to you, the siblings of John Lewis and the entire -- >> That's the daughter of martin Luther king. >> On behalf of the entire king [11:21:03 AM] family, including my aunt Christine, my dad's only living sibling who would have been here with us today but for covid, but rest assured, she is viewing us on television as we speak. Let us pray. Great and mighty god, creator of us all and sustainer of all things, we invoke you on this morning. We welcome you, holy spirit into this place. We humbly look to you in this hour for wisdom and strength and comfort as we celebrate the homegoing of your son and servant, congressman John Robert Lewis. Please, dear father, comfort this family and grant them a piece of god that passes all understanding. [11:22:03 AM] Surround them with your love. In the words of your servant, martin Luther king Jr. Who reminded us that death is not a period that ends this great sentence of life, but a comma which punctuates it to a lofty and higher significance, help us, oh god, to grasp that truth and see the magnitude of this moment, not merely as the death of a great soul, but as a divine message that says to each and every one of us on this Earth, be still and know that I am god. Hear me and heed my message in this hour that love even for an enemy is the only way to transform this world into a true brother and sisterhood. We thank you, god, for the life and legacy of congressman John Lewis who showed us this more excellent way of life. [11:23:05 AM] We thank you for honoring us with his presence and allowing our lives to intersect with his life. Be with his family. Be with those who struggle with him in that movement, and know that he continues to live on, in and through each and every one of them and each and every one of us. We praise you, oh, god for this nonviolent warrior who fought for true peace which daddy taught us is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. (11:23:32) As we honor the life of congressman John Lewis, who shed blood on that Edmund Pettus bridge, that we might have the right to vote. Grant that we never again take that right for granted, and that we exercise it no matter what, and that we never again tamper with that right, overtaking this hour, our congress that they might restore voting rights [11:24:06 AM] protections in our nation. (11:24:02) As we honor the life of this nonviolent warrior who embodied the very spirit of Christ and showed us we have the power to resist evil and vitriol with the force of love and truth. We are eternally grateful, oh god that we lived among us for four score years and demonstrated on that bridge that physical force is no match for soul force. Grant us the capacity to follow his example to fight injustice without bitterness and hostility, but with a righteous indignation. Oh, god as Elijah asked for, and Elijah's anointing as he transition, let a portion of what John Lewis' life was about fall on us in this hour so that we can continue to get in good trouble. Anoint us with the double portion in this generation to [11:25:07 AM] get into good trouble until there is radical reform in policing in our nation. (11:25:07) Anoint us a double portion to get into good trouble until voter suppression is no longer apart of our body politic. Anoint us with the double portion to get into trouble until there is an equitable wage. Anoint us to get into good trouble until all labor is treated with dignity. Grant us oh father to get us into good trouble until the school, the prison pipeline is nonexistent and every child gets an equitable education. Dear god, grant us to get into good trouble until white supremacy around the world is uprooted in all of our policies and everyday practices no longer reflect white supremacy. Grant us a double portion, god, [11:26:08 AM] to get into good trouble until this nation truly becomes a compassionate nation because as daddy reminded us ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. Grant us, god, a double portion of anointing to get into good trouble until black bodies are no longer a threat in this world, and black lives have equitable representation, power and influence in every arena. Grant us finally, father god, that a double portion to get into good trouble until love becomes the way we live, the way we lead, the way we legislate, and until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness [11:27:10 AM] like a mighty stream. Thank you, oh god for this great man who lived among us who now joins the great cloud of freedom fighters, and lord we thank you for his life and his legacy, and we will continue to get into good trouble as long as you grant us the breadth to do so. It is the majestic in the mighty name Jesus the Christ that I do pray, and all of the people of god said together, amen. >> All: Amen. >> Dr. Bernice king invoking her father Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. On the causes of John Lewis' life. And now we will hear from Jennifer Holliday, only what you do from Christ will last. ?? [11:28:27 AM] ?? ?? ?? ? you may build great cathedrals ? ? large or small ? ? you may build skyscrapers, [11:29:29 AM] grand and tall ? ? you may conquer all the failures of your past ? ? oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? ? you may think earthly power, [11:30:32 AM] wealth and fame ? ? and the world might be impressed by your great name ? ? some glories of this life will all soon be pass ? ? oh, oh, oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? [11:31:37 AM] ? remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? remember only, only, only, only what you do, yeah ? ? for Christ will last ? ? oh, only what you do it will counted ? ? in only what you do for Christ [11:32:43 AM] will last ? ? oh, remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, remember, what you do, only what you do for Christ will last ? ? only what, only what you do, what you do for Christ will be counted ? [11:33:49 AM] ? only what you, what you do for Christ, oh, it's going last ? ? oh, it's going to last, yeah ? ? oh, only what you do, what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, whoa, oh ? ? only what you do for Christ will last ?? ? yeah, only what you do, only [11:34:53 AM] what you do ?? [ applause ] >> Jennifer Holliday. Now the poem invictus, one of John Lewis' favorites, will be read by a young man named tyber Faw. >> Out of the night that covers me, black as a pit from pole to to pole, I think whatever god may be for my inconquerable soul. I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chants, my head is bloodied, but I'm bowed. Beyond this place of breath and tears, looms but the horror of [11:35:53 AM] the shade, and yet menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gay, how charged with punishment the scroll, I'm the master of my fate. I'm the captor of my soul. John Lewis was my hero, my friend, let's honor him by getting in good trouble. [ Applause ] >> Seven hours. He was greeted with a hug and kindness and friendship. >> Only the inconquerable spirit and the magnanimous soul of John Lewis could summon all of us together in this place at this [11:36:57 AM] time. Only John Lewis could compel three living American presidents to come to this house of god. [ Applause ] To celebrate his life. We are grateful that all of them are here. The honorable George W. Bush. [ Applause ] Who was president the last time we authorized the voting rights act. [ Applause ] The honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] [11:38:09 AM] And in just a little while, we'll hear from the honorable Barack Obama. [ Applause ] But the program will proceed as printed. President bush, president Clinton, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, and -- [ applause ] -- And another living saint among us, teacher and activist the reverend James Lawson. [ Applause ] [11:39:14 AM] >> Good morning. >> All: Good morning. >> Distinguished guests, John miles, Lewis family and friends, lord, I thank you for inviting us to be here today. John's story began on a tiny farm in Troy, Alabama, a place so small he said you could barely find it on the map. Why not talk to chickens? I did a little research. Every morning he would rise before the sun to tend to the flock of chickens. He loved those chickens. Already called to be a minister who took care of others, John fed them and tended to their every need, even their spiritual ones for John baptized them. He married them and he preached to them. When his parents claimed one for [11:40:18 AM] family supper, genre fused to eat one of his flock. Going hungry was his first act of nonviolent protest. He also noted in later years that his first congregation of chickens listened to him more closely than some of his colleagues in congress. John also thought that chickens were just a little more productive, at least they produced eggs, he said. From Troy to Nashville to the March on Washington, to Selma, John Lewis always looked outward, not inward. He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospel in word and indeed, [11:41:18 AM] insisting the word of hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope. John Lewis believed in the lord. He believed in humanity, and he believed in America. He's been called an American saint, a believer willing to give up everything. Even life itself to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life. That we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony, dignity and love, and the first crucial step on that journey was the recognition that all people are born in the image of god and carry a spark of the divine within them. Laura and I were privileged to see that spark in John up close. We worked with him to bring the national museum of African-American history and culture to the Washington mall. He was part of the Emmett till [11:42:21 AM] crimes act where justice had been too long denied. We will never forget joining him in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of his March across the Edmund Pettus bridge where we got to watch president Barack Obama thank John as one of his heroes. [ Applause ] There's a story in the old scriptures that meant a lot to John. In the hebrew bible, the lord is looking for a prophet. Whom shall I send, god wonders, and who will go for us? Isaiah answers, here am I. Send me. John Lewis heard that call a long time ago in segregated Alabama, and he took up the work of the lord through all his days. His lesson for us is that we all must keep ourselves open to the [11:43:21 AM] hearing -- open to hearing the call of love, the call of service and the call to sack -- sacrifice for others. Listen, (11:43:25) John and I had our disagreements of course, but in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action. [ Applause ] We the people including congressmen and presidents can have differing views on how to perfect our union while sharing the conviction that our nation however flawed is at heart a good and noble one. We live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis, and his abiding faith in the power of god, in the power [11:44:23 AM] of democracy and in the power of love to lift us all to a higher ground. The story that began in Troy isn't ending here today, nor is the work. (11:44:30) John Lewis lives forever in his father's house, and he will live forever in the hearts of Americans who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their god. May the flights of angels see John Lewis to his rest and may god bless the country he loved. [ Applause ] >> President George W. Bush said he had his differences with John Lewis. He also said he shared patriot with him. [11:45:26 AM] Now president William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] >> Thank you very much. First I thank John miles and the Lewis family and John's incomparable staff for a chance to say a few words about a man I loved for a long time. I am grateful in ebenezer, a [11:46:29 AM] holy place sanctified by both the faith and the works of those who worshipped here. I thank my friend reverend Bernice king who stood by my side and gave a fascinating sermon in one of the most challenging periods of my life. I thank president bush, president Obama, speaker Pelosi and representative Hoyer and representative Clyburn who I really thank for with the stroke of a hand, ending an intrafamily fight within our party, proving that peace is needed by everyone. [11:47:29 AM] Madam mayor, thank you. You have faced more than a fair share of challenges in these last few months, and you have faced them with candor and dignity and honor, and I thank you for that. [ Applause ] I must say for a fellow that got his start speaking to chickens, John's gotten a pretty finely organized and orchestrated and deeply deserved sendoff this last week. His homegoing has been something to behold. . [ Applause ] [11:48:30 AM] I think it's important that all of us who loved him remember that he was after all, a human being. A man like all other humans born with strengths that he made the most of when many don't. Born with weaknesses that he worked hard to beat down when many can't, but still a person. It made him more interesting, and it made him in my mind, even greater. 20 years ago we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Selma March, and we talked together along with Coretta and many others from the movement who are no longer with us. [11:49:32 AM] We are grateful for Andy young and reverend Jackson and Diane Nash and many others who survive, but on that day, I got him to replay for me a story he told me when we first met back in the 1970s. I said, you know, I was just an aspiring whatever southern politician and had been elected governor, and he was already a legend. So I said, John, what's the closest you ever actually came getting killed to doing this? He said, well, once we were in a demonstration and I got knocked out on the ground and people were getting beat up pretty bad and I looked up and there was a man hold a long, heavy piece of pipe and he lifted it and was clearly going to bring it right down into my skull, and at the [11:50:33 AM] very last second, I turned my neck away and then the crowd pushed him a little bit. A couple of seconds later, I couldn't believe it. I was still alive. I think it's important to remember that. First because he was a quick thinker, and secondly because he was here on a mission that was bigger than personal ambition. Things like that sometimes just happen, but usually they don't. I think three things happened to John Lewis long before we met and became friends that made him who he was. First the famous story of John with his cousins and siblings holding his aunt's hand, more [11:51:33 AM] than a dozen of them running around in their little old wooden house as the wind threatened to blow the house off its moorings. Going to the place where the house was rising and all those tiny bodies trying to weigh it down. I think he learned something about the power of working together, something that was more powerful than any instruction. Second, nearly 20 years later when he was 23, the youngest speaker and the last speaker at the March on Washington. When he gave a great speech urging to take to the streets across the south to seize the chance to finally end racism, and he listened to people that he knew had the same goals. [11:52:36 AM] Say, well, we have to be careful how we say this because we're trying to get converts, not more adversaries. Just three years later, he lost the leadership to Stokely Carmichael because he said, you know, I really -- I think it was a pretty good job for a guy that young, and he come from Troy, Alabama. It must have been painful to lose, but he showed as a young man there are some things that you cannot do to hang on to a position because if you do them, you won't be who you are anymore, and I say there were two or three years there where the movement went a little bit too far towards Stokely, but in [11:53:36 AM] the end, John Lewis prevailed. We are here today because he had the kind of character he showed when he lost an election. [ Applause ] And there was bloody Sunday. He figured he might get arrested, and this was really important not to, for all the reps citing things we all believe about John Lewis. We had a really good mind and he was always trying to figure out how can I make the most of every single moment. So he was getting ready to March from Selma to Montgomery. He wants to get across the bridge. What do we remember? [11:54:38 AM] He made quite a strange figure. He had a trench coat and a backpack. Now young people probably think it's no big deal, but there weren't that many backpacks back then, and you never saw anybody in a trench coat looking halfway dressed up with a backpack. But John put an apple, an Orange, a toothbrush, toothpaste in the backpack to take care of his body because he figured he would get arrested. And two books. One, a book on America's political tradition to feed his mind, and one, the autobiography of Thomas Merten, a roman-catholic monk who was the son of artists making an [11:55:38 AM] astonishing personal transformation. A young guy about to get his brains beat out and planning on going to prison. He's taking that. I think he figured if Thomas Merten could find his way and keep his faith and believe in the future, he, John Lewis could too. [ Applause ] And -- so we honor our friend for his faith and for living his faith which the scripture says is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things unseen. (11:56:18) John Lewis was a walking rebuke to people who thought well, we ain't there yet. We have been working a long time. Isn't it time to bag it? He kept moving. He hoped for and imagined and lived and worked and moved for his beloved community. He took a savage beating on more than one day, and he lost that backpack on bloody Sunday. Nobody ever knows what happened to it. Maybe someday someone will be stricken with conscience and give some of it back, but what it represented never disappeared from John Lewis' spirit. We honor that memory today because as a child, he learned to walk with the wind, to March with others to save a tiny house. Because as a young man he challenged others to join him with love and dignity to hold America's house down and open the doors of America to all its [11:57:41 AM] people. (11:57:36) We honor him because in Selma on the third attempt, John and his comrades showed that sometimes you have to walk into the wind along with with it. As he crossed the bridge and marched into Montgomery, but no matter what, John always kept walking to reach the beloved community. He got into a lot of good trouble along the way, but let's not forget he also developed an absolutely uncanny ability to heal troubled waters. When he could have been angry and determined to cancel his adversaries, he tried to get converts instead. He thought the open hand was better than the clenched fist. He lived by the faith and [11:58:44 AM] promise of St. Paul. Let us not grow weary in doing good for a new season we will reap if we do not lose heart. He never lost heart. He fought the good fight. He kept the faith, but we got our last letter today on the pages of "The New York Times." Keep moving. It is so fitting, on the day of his service. He leaves us, our marching quarters. Keep moving. 20 years ago when I came here after the Selma March to a big dinner honoring John and Lillian and John miles, you had a big afro, and it was really pretty. And your daddy was giving you grief about it and I said, John, let's don't get old too soon. I mean, if I had hair like that, [11:59:46 AM] I would have it down to my shoulders. But on that night, I was almost out of time and people were -- to be president, and people were asking me, well, if you could do one more thing, what would it be? What do youbecause I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was [12:00:48 PM] that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of [12:01:49 PM] us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. ------------ O you because I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. [12:01:05 PM] With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. I'm so grateful that he stayed true to form. [12:02:06 PM] He's gone up yonder and left us with marching orders. I suggest, since he's close enough to god to keep his eye on the sparrow and us, we salute, suit up and March on. [ Applause ] >> Former president Bill Clinton has known John Lewis since the 1970s. The house speaker Nancy Pelosi who served in the congress with John Lewis since the 1980s. NANCY PELOSI >> Good day. I'm not sure morning, afternoon, whatever it is. It's an honor to be here with each and every one of you. Reverend, thank you for enabling [12:03:08 PM] us all to be here to honor and celebrate the life of John Lewis with three presidents of the United States. Isn't that exciting? President Clinton, president bush and soon president Obama here with us. On behalf of my colleagues as speaker of the house I'm pleased to bring greetings to each and everyone of you. I'm sad to bring condolences to the family. John, miles, the entire Lewis family, thank you for sharing John Lewis with us. I'm pleased to be here with so many members, 50, we would have had more except coronavirus prevented the church from allowing us to bring more. I hope they'll all stand. Members of the house of representatives. [ Applause ] Senators Harris and booker who [12:04:10 PM] are with us as well. [ Applause ] Among them Mr. Hoyer, served with John Lewis for over 30 years, over 30 years. [ Applause ] In our group we have senior members and we have members of our freshmen class. John convinced each one of us that we were his best friend in congress. We come with a flag flown over the capitol the night that John passed. When this flag flew there, it said good-bye. It waved good-bye to John, our friend, our mentor, our colleague, this beautiful man that we all had the privilege of [12:05:12 PM] serving with in the congress of the United States. So, again, we all bring our condolences to the family, to Michael Collins and John's staff who meant so very much to him. Thank you for your service to John Lewis. [ Applause ] There are many things we're grateful to the family for and the staff for and we commend them for, but let's acknowledge the stamina they've had to keep up with John, even as he passed on from Troy to Selma to Montgomery to Washington and now to Atlanta to be at rest. When John Lewis served with us, he wanted us to see the civil [12:06:14 PM] rights movement and the rest through his eyes. He told us so many stories. He taught us so much. He took us to Selma for two decades, Mr. President, he took us to Selma. You referenced 25 years. Some of us were there many times, including the 50th anniversary where president bush was, as well as president Obama. He wanted us to see how important it was, how important it was to understand the spirit of nonviolence. I hesitate to speak about nonviolence in the presence of the master himself, reverend Lawson who we'll be hearing from shortly. We were together just recently in Selma when he and John spoke in church. He taught the world really about nonviolence. I just want to say this, the [12:07:16 PM] word -- is a word that means in sand script two things. It means nonviolence and it means insistence on the truth. That is what John Lewis was all about. Nonviolently insisting on the truth. He insisted on the truth in national, in Selma, in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln memorial. He insisted on the truth wherever he went. He insisted on the truth in the congress of the United States. Every time he stood up to speak we knew that he was going to take us to a higher place of our understanding, of our responsibilities and what our opportunities were. He insisted no matter how, shall we say offended someone might be, that he would insist on the truth. What he said -- "In my life I [12:08:18 PM] have done all I can to demonstrate the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn," he says in this article "To let freedom ring." He always talked about truth marching on. He always worked for a more perfect union. *Pelosi Chokes Up* (12:08:37) Over the fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with John and I brought him this flag pin that I wear, one just like it. Why I did so on that fourth of July weekend was because it is engraved with something that says one country, one destiny. Now wasn't that what John Lewis was all about? One country, one destiny. I mention it because this was [12:09:23 PM] sewn into the lining of Abraham Lincoln's coat that he had on the night he left us. I think he had the coat on all the time, but also that night. John Lewis and Abraham Lincoln had so much in common. John -- we got to know him first and foremost in front of the Lincoln memorial when he made that beautiful, beautiful speech. John lay in state under the rotunda of the capitol, under the dome of the capitol on a platform that was made in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln. [ Applause ] Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis. [12:10:26 PM] So, they had lots of connections. By the way, just incidentally, they were both wonderful and spiritual and saintly, but they were both very good politicians. Think of John Lewis that way. You will know that. He always was about a more perfect union. And he was always about young people. That's why, Mr. President, that article you referenced in the "New York Times" today, his message that would be delivered at this time as he left us was about young people. He says to them "Together you can redeem the world," together. One nation, one destiny. He says in the article "Answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe in." Wasn't that just like John? [12:11:28 PM] We were very proud to have his voice in the rotunda speaking about all that he cared about and believed in in such a beautiful way starting in Troy. I started my remarks by talking about the flag that waved over the capitol to say good-bye to John as he began his passage. But what I want you to know, in addition to how revered he is in the congress, so revered that he was a bit mischievous. When he would say let's make some good trouble, he always had a twinkle in his eye. When he cooked up having the sit-in to get the Republican leadership to put the gun violence about on the floor, the floor was covered with people [12:12:29 PM] and it was thought for a moment the police might -- it was disruptive, good trouble. It was clear to them that if they were to arrest John Lewis for doing that, they were going to have to arrest the entire house democratic caucus. [ Applause ] When he spoke, people listened. When he led, people followed. We loved him very much. As his official family, we mourn him greatly. He shared so much of his love for his district, his family. The sadness when Lillian was sick, the joy he had in John and miles. As I said, we wave good-bye to this person, our leader, our friend, this, shall we say, [12:13:29 PM] humorous -- he loved to dance. He loved to make us laugh. Sometimes while he was dancing. He said my grand daughter Bella said to him did you ever sing in the civil rights movement? He said they asked me to sing solo one time. So low so nobody could hear me. Getting back to that flag waving good-bye to this person we just loved, officially, personally, in every way, politically too. The last night he was at the capitol it wasn't raining. Thousands of people were showing up to pay their respects. Little bit after 8:00 there was a double rainbow, a double rainbow. But it hadn't rained. It was a double rainbow over the casket. For us it was -- we waved [12:14:29 PM] good-bye when he started to leave us. He was telling us -- he was telling us I'm home in heaven. I'm home in heaven with Lillian. (12:14:38) We always knew he worked on the side of the angels and now he is with them. May he rest in peace. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, remembering with tears her friend John Lewis. The man she called the master of nonviolence. The man who mentored John Lewis, his friend James Lawson. [12:15:46 PM] 91 years old. He believed nonviolence would work in the civil rights era. [ Applause ] >> Thank you. Pastor, sisters and brothers, members of this Lewis family that is so wonderfully nurtured in love, hope, courage and faith and the rest of it. Sisters and brothers, a Polish [12:16:50 PM] catholic poet sets the tone at least in part for me as John Lewis has journeyed from the eternity of this extraordinary, mysterious human race into the eternity that none of us know very much about. When he wrote this poem called "Meaning" -- when I die, I will see the lining of the world, the other side beyond bird, mountain and sunset. The true meaning ready to be decoded, what never added up will now add up. What was incomprehensible will become comprehended. [12:17:53 PM] And, if there is no lining to the world, if a thrush on a branch is not a sign, but just a thrush on a branch. If night and day make no sense following each other and on this Earth there is nothing but the Earth. Even if that is so, there will remain a word wakened by the lips that perish, a tireless messenger who runs and runs through interstellar places, through revolving galaxies and calls out and protests and screams. I submit that John in that other eternity will be heard by us [12:18:54 PM] again and again running through the galaxies, still proclaiming that we the people of the usa can one day live up to the full meaning of we live these truths, live up to the meaning that we the people of the usa in order to perfect a more perfect union. John Lewis practiced not the politics that we call bipartisan. John Lewis practiced the politics that we the people of the U.S. Need more desperately than ever before, the politics of the declaration of Independence, the politics of the preamble to the constitution of the United States. [12:20:03 PM] I've read many of the so-called civil rights books of the last 50 or 60 years about the period between 1953 and 1973. Most of the books are wrong about John Lewis. Most of the books are wrong about how John got engaged in the national campaign of 1959 and '60. This is the 60th year of the sit-in campaign which swept into every state of the union, largely manned by students because we recruited students, but put on the map that the nonviolent struggle begun in Montgomery, Alabama. It was not an accident, but as [12:21:04 PM] martin king Jr. Called it, Christian love has power that we have never tapped and if we use it, we can transform not only our own lives but we'll transform the Earth in which we live. I counted as I moved to Nashville, Tennessee dropping out of graduate school in Nashville came people like Kelly Smith, Helen Roberts and John Lewis and Diane Nash, C.T. Vivian, Marion berry, Jim bevel, John Lafayette, Paulina knight, Angela butler. How all of us gathered in 1958 [12:22:07 PM] and '59, '60, '61 in the same city and same time, we did not plan it. We were all led there. When Kelly Miller Smith and the national Christian leadership council met in the fall of 1958 and we determined that if there's to be a second major campaign that will demonstrate the efficacy of soul force, of love truth, that we would have to do it in Nashville. So I planned as the strategist and organizer a four-point ghandi program to complete the [12:23:07 PM] campaign. We decided with great fear and anticipation we would desegregate downtown Nashville. No people anywhere else in the United States against a segregated system ever thought about desegregating downtown, tearing down the signs, renovating the waiting rooms, taking the immoral signs off drinking fountains. It was black women who made that decision for us in Nashville. I was scared to death when we made that decision. I knew nothing about how we were going to do this. I had never done it before. But we planned the strategy. [12:24:08 PM] John Lewis did not stumble in on that campaign. Kelly Miller Smith, his teacher at ABC, invited John to join the workshops in the fall of 1959 as we prepared ourselves to face violence and to do direct action and to put on the map the issue that the racism and the segregation of the nation had to end. So on the 60th anniversary of that sit-in campaign, which became the second major campaign of the nonviolent movement of America, those are not my words. John Lewis called what we did between 1953 and 1973 the nonviolent movement of America, not the crm. I think we need to get the story [12:25:08 PM] straight because words are powerful. History must be written in such a fashion that it lifts up truly the spirit of the John lewises of the world. [ Applause ] That's why I've chosen just to say a few words about it. Kelly Miller Smith invited John Lewis. I met a fifth student who told me about a student from Chicago who wanted to do something about those vicious signs. I said invite Diane Nash to the workshop in September because we're going to do something about those signs. I pushed this hard. Now John Lewis had no choice in the matter. You should understand that. [12:26:08 PM] Because all the stories we've heard this morning of John becoming a preacher, preaching to the chickens and other sorts of things, becoming ordained as a Baptist minister, something else was happening to John in those early years. John saw the malignancy of racism in Troy, Alabama. There formed in him a sensibility that he had to do something about it. He did not know what that was, but he was convinced he was called to do whatever he could do, get in good trouble, but [12:27:08 PM] stop the horror that so many folks lived through and in in this country in that part of the 20th century. John was not alone. Martin king had the same experience as a boy. I had the same experience from age 4 in the streets of maisland, Ohio. Matthew Mccullough a man whose name you don't know had the same experience. C.T. Vivian had the same experience. I maintain many of us had no choice to do, but we tried to do primarily because at an early age we recognized the wrong under which we were forced to live and we swore to god that by god's grace we would do whatever god called us to do in order to put on the table of the nation's [12:28:12 PM] agenda this must end. Black lives matter. [ Applause ] So between 1953 and 1973 we had major campaigns year after year. Thousands of demonstrations across the nation that supported it. We had folk in the congress, folk in the white house, folk scattered across the united States that were beginning to formulate the solutions for change. The media makes a mistake when John is seen only in relationship to the voting rights bill of '65. However important that is, you must remember that in the '60s Lyndon Johnson and the congress of the United States passed the most advanced legislation on behalf of we the people of the [12:29:14 PM] United States that was ever passed. Head start, billions of dollars for housing. We would not be in the struggle we are today in housing if president Reagan hadn't cut that billions of dollars for housing. Local churches and local nonprofits could build affordable housing in their own communities being sustained as finance by loans from the federal government. We passed medicare. We passed anti-poverty programs, civil rights bill '64, '65, voting rights bills, a whole array. (12:30:00) John Lewis must be understood as one of the leaders of the greatest advance of congress and the white house on behalf of we [12:30:15 PM] the people of the usa. [ Applause ] We do not need bipartisan politics if we're going to celebrate the life of John Lewis. We need the constitution to come alive. We hold these truths to be self-evident. We need the congress and the president to work unfaltering on behalf of every boy and every girl so every baby born on these shores will have access to the tree of life. That's the only way to honor John Robert Lewis. No other way. Let all of us in this service today, let all the people of the [12:31:17 PM] usa determine that we will not be quiet as long as any child dies in the first year of life in the United States. We will not be quiet as long as the largest poverty group in our nation are women and children. We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of human kind. We will not be quiet as long as our economy is shaped, not by freedom, but by plantation capitalism that continues to cause domination and control rather than access and liberty and equality for all. The forces of spiritual wickedness are strong in our [12:32:17 PM] land because of our history. We have not created them. John Lewis did not create them. We inherited them, but it's our task to see those spiritual forces -- I've named them. Racism, sexism, violence, plantation capitalism. Those poison and dominate far too many of us in many different ways. John's life was a singular journey from birth through the campaigns in the south and through congress to get us to see that these forces of wickedness must be resisted. Do not let our own hearts drink any of that poison. [12:33:19 PM] Instead, drink the truth of the life force. If we would honor and celebrate John Lewis' life, let us then use our souls, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our strength to the continuing journey to dismantle the wrong in our midst and to allow a space for the new Earth and new heaven to emerge. I close with this poem from Langston Hughes which is a kind of sign and symbol of what John Lewis represents and what we too can represent in our continuing [12:34:21 PM] journey. Langston Hughes. I dream a world where no human, no other human will scorn, where love will bless the Earth and test its path. I dream a dream where all will know sweet freedom's way, where greed no longer SAPs the soul, nor blights or day. A world I dream where black and white and yellow and blue and green and red and brown, whatever your race may be, will share the bounties of the Earth and every woman, man, boy and [12:35:23 PM] girl is free. Where wretchedness hangs its head and joy like a pearl attends the need of all human kind. Such a world I dream. Celebrate life. Dream and labor for an Atlanta, Los Angeles, United States and a world, that is to celebrate the spirit and the heart and the mind and soul of John Lewis and to walk with him through the galaxies seeking equality, liberty, justice and the beloved community for all. Thank you. [12:36:25 PM] [ Applause ] >> What a mind, what power from James Lawson, honoring the mind, spirit and soul of John Lewis. 91 years old. Pastor Warnick. >> Three living presidents with [12:37:26 PM] us today. We have heard from yet another. To the friends and family of congressman John Lewis, Rosalyn joins me in sending our condolences. Throughout his remarkable life John has been a blessing to countless people and we are proud to be among those whose lives he has touched. While his achievements are enjoyed by all Americans, we Georgians know him as our neighbor, friend and representative. His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Jimmy Carter. [12:38:31 PM] [ Applause ] >> Another musical selection from Kathleen Bertran, "If I can help somebody." ?? ?? ? if I can help somebody as I pass along ? ? if I can cheer somebody with a [12:39:35 PM] word or a song ? ? if I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:40:39 PM] ? yes, my living shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody as I pass along ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:41:43 PM] ? oh, if I can do my duty as a Christian ? ? if I can bring that beauty in a world of god ? ? if I could share love's message like the master taught ? ? then my living shall not be in [12:42:52 PM] vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? yes, my living, yes, it shall not, shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody, if I could help somebody as I pass [12:43:53 PM] along ? ? then my living, it shall not, then my living, it shall not, then his living, yes, shall not, hallelujah, his living, his living shall not, then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:45:04 PM] ? his living shall not be in vain ? [ applause ] >> Kathleen Bertrand. The next speaker, the founder of the trumpet foundation, long supported by John Lewis. First hugs we've seen today. >> I want to first call [12:46:06 PM] attention to the excellent job the media has done to inform us of John Lewis. Hasn't the media been tremendous in keeping us informed? [ Applause ] I've never seen such coverage, but John deserved it. I want to talk a moment in my presentation on John before he became famous. I met John when I came too Atlanta. Lillian miles and I came to Atlanta on the same day. She came to work for Atlanta university and I came to work for martin Luther king Jr. In the southern leadership [12:47:07 PM] conference. That's when I met John. Saw him all the time. We were all involved in the same quest for equity and justice in this America. I got a chance to see him all the time. I admired his fervor and all his tenacity. Lillian was single. So I decided that Lillian needed a good man, not just the bums who were approaching her. She was highly intellectual, well-travelled, well-educated and I wanted her to have someone who really would appreciate her skills and her talent. So I looked around and decided that I liked John. Lillian didn't like John particularly. So she thought he was kind of slow. I said, but, Lillian, he's busy. [12:48:11 PM] He's fighting the evils of the world and she said, yes, but. Well I decided, girl, listen, this boy is going places. Let's see what he can do to get this thing moving. So we decided -- well, I did, as her friend. That's what you do for friends. You have to help them out. So John had to go to the hospital for an examination and I said, oh, Lillian, this will be a good moment for us to be Florence nightingale. We went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of flowers and took it to the hospital. I said he'll be impressed because he was a little slow too. I said we'll go to the hospital and that would just impress him, that he will notice you more because you're bringing him flowers while he's in the [12:49:12 PM] hospital. Well, we got in the hospital. There was a young woman already there and she was stretching out his pillow and adjusting his comfort. Then Lillian said, oh, shoot. I said I already asked John, John, do you have a young woman you're especially interested in? He said, well, not really. I said that's not the answer I'm looking for. I want a more definitive answer because I got some things in mind. Well, you know John, was slow about -- well, not really. I decided on new year's eve, Lillian was single, as I said, and didn't have any plans. I said I'll have a dinner party and invite the two of them and maybe that will give us a chance. I was known as one who gave big [12:50:12 PM] parties. Lillian thought I was having a big party. John thought I was having a big party. When they got to my house, there was only room for three of us. The two of them and me. So now we're discussing the world and I'm hoping that they're going to get a little closer and closer. Well, when John didn't have a date on new year's eve, I knew he didn't have a commitment. Everybody has a date on new year's eve with somebody. I figured I'm ahead of the game. It's new year's eve, I got him. Then things started to happen. Still slowly, not fast enough for me, but I was patient. Finally Lillian said I do like him. I said, okay, I'm ready now. I'll set a date. Got her a dress ready. We're going to have a wedding. [12:51:14 PM] I'm not really sure -- I asked John not too long ago, did we ever ask her if you would take her? I don't think I gave him an opportunity to propose. We just had a wedding. [ Applause ] And so now it looks like things are going to be okay. We had a big wedding. I did all the planning because Lillian was still slow. I did all the planning. All the family came. We had a wedding. Now things were doing okay. She said, you know, I don't like the idea of that girl. Looks like she had some designs on John. I said, honey, don't run away from competition. We can handle competition. We'll get rid of that girl so fast she won't know what happened to her. And we did. [12:52:15 PM] And they got married. Well, I want you to know they were very happy, but when she found out -- Lillian as I said well-travelled, well-educated, but she didn't like politics. But, when John expressed an interest, Lillian got in there and became his strongest supporter. I mean, she did everything, everything to make his successes work for him and they did. Well, then John miles came along. He was the cutest little boy. Then she said -- they gave me the honor of being his godmother. I said, oh, that's nice. I heard of godmothers before. [12:53:16 PM] What does a godmother do? She said if something happens to me and John, we want you to take care of him. I said I got to feed him? John miles could eat as a kid. I said I got to feed him every day? They said yes. Then spank him when he acts up. Well, I agreed to that. John miles, do you mind, stand up? Stand up, John miles. That's John miles there now. Now, wait a minute. Take a good look at John miles. I'm 4'11". I'm almost 90 years old. There he is. I'm supposed to spank him when he doesn't do right? Now, when I walk up to John miles to give him a spanking, I got to get permission from him. [12:54:18 PM] Could I spank you? He's pretty big now. I loved John miles then and I love John miles now. I will take care of you and spank you whether you like it or not. [ Applause ] Lillian and John stayed married. I put it together, but it lasted 43 years. That's not a bad record, is it? They were happy and Lillian gave him every support a wife could ever give a partner. They gave love to John miles in the process. John was an unusual individual. Ambassador young sitting over [12:55:20 PM] here. We all loved him all the time. His sincerity was apparent. He worked hard and he said that he wasn't going to stop. I don't need to tell you anything about John. All of you knew him. All of you know his fervor and his commitment to equity and the love he had for everybody. And I want us to look at the John we thought we knew, the John who convinced us we knew the real man because he was constant. I asked him one time, John, what in the world is bad trouble? I said, when I was a young girl, my sister and I every time we [12:56:26 PM] went on a date, have a good time, but don't get in trouble. We didn't know nothing else other than trouble isn't good. John said the good trouble is when your mother says don't get in trouble, find the ways to right the wrongs of our society. He did a pretty decent job of that. [ Applause ] During this week John was on television all day every day. I love young people. I had an opportunity -- people know I love young people. I was invited to speak to a group of kids. I said to them, as you're watching television, I want you to know that's not a public relations program you're watching. That's the story of a man who lived the life they're talking [12:57:28 PM] about. John made a decision on the kind of life he was going to live. I said to those young people, you have the responsibility of making your life have the meaning you want it to be. You can either decide to be the bank robber or the bank owner. It's your choice. The man you're seeing on television decided that his life was going to have a quality to it. Do as much as you can as long as you can as often as you can because that's what John Lewis did. We won't forget John. But I would want to tell you, don't sit here and listen to these praises. [12:58:29 PM] Don't forget what you read in the newspapers of how wonderful he was. Do something about the man he asked us to be in ourselves and that is be kind to everybody. Love everybody. Speak up and speak out. I don't need to tell you. You know what he said. What you can do, and I want to advise you and admonish you, to really give meaning to the John we love. Vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Talking about the love story of John Lewis and his work. William clay Campbell, the former mayor of the city of Atlanta. [12:59:47 PM] >> To John miles, presidents Clinton and Obama, speaker Pelosi, madam mayor, Romans 8:18 tells us for I consider the sufferings of the present time to not be worthy of the glory which shall be revealed to us. When I met John Lewis over 40 years ago, our lives intersected because in 1960 he came to my hometown, Raleigh, north Carolina to form snick at a small black college, Shaw university, where my father who was president of the naacp led nightly civil rights demonstrations. Again, in 1963 our lives [1:00:47 PM] intersected because my father returned from the March on Washington and he began raving about a speaker, young John Lewis, who electrified the crowd. So imagine when I finally met him in Atlanta in 1976 as a young law student, it was a transcendent moment like meeting an historical figure, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin who wrote the declaration of Independence, but here was someone who made a nation live up to those words along with martin king, C.T. Vivian. John had an integrity and a purity which was like a halo. Somehow this extended to everyone who was in his orbit, [1:01:52 PM] myself included. That's the reason the nation has paused from pandemic and protests and politics to bid him farewell today. Virtually every news organization has hailed John as a civil rights hero. John was a women's rights hero. A gay rights hero. A senior's rights hero. A worker's hero. John wasn't on the right side of history. History was on the right side of John Lewis. [ Applause ] In his spare time he introduced the legislation to create the African-American history museum and he fought the bigots in congress for 15 years. [1:02:53 PM] One of his proudest moments was standing at the dedication of that monumental structure four years ago. For those who wondered if perhaps his time had passed, with his body ravaged with cancer, so frail and fragile that he yielded to a cane in what he surely knew would be his last public appearance, he summoned the strength to walk to the middle of black lives plaza in Washington, D.C. To express his solidarity and support for the young protesters who had begun to change America as John Lewis did as a young man. They say that the victors write history. I declare today the history of the 20th century as it is written, John Lewis will stand beside ghandi, king and Mandela as one of the great freedom fighters of human kind. [ Applause ] [1:03:57 PM] While the nation mourns a great leader, I will miss a dear, loving and loyal friend who allowed me the extraordinary privilege to walk along beside of a living saint, St. Lewis. In the last days of his life when we both knew that death was imminent, I desperately wanted to tell John about how much he meant to me and the country. In a solemn moment he pulled me close and whispered everyone has to vote in November. It's the most important election ever. [ Applause ] I promised him with every fiber in my body I would tell everyone if you truly want to honor this humble hero, make sure you vote. [1:04:59 PM] First tells us when faith hope and love remain, the greatest of these is love. John Lewis was love. Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels carry thee. >> Former mayor of Atlanta, bill Campbell. Long-time friend of John Lewis with his last words. We'll now hear from Janelle Thompson who served as deputy chief of staff for the [1:06:11 PM] congressman. >> Good afternoon. I have on two masks because I have Mr. Lewis' voice in my head and he would say be particular. My name is jamella Thompson. On behalf of the staff I would like to thank John miles and the entire Lewis family for the honor and the privilege of sharing the congressman and Mrs. Lewis, who was his partner in life and in public service with generations of his staff for the last 33 years in the celebration of his life and legacy. The congressman would want me to tell you, as I like at you today in his favorite color, you look good. You look fresh. You look clean. You look beautiful. Thank you. We are honored to serve you. [1:07:11 PM] We were honored to serve him. We would also like to express our sincere and great appreciation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leader, the majority whip, the clerk of the house of representatives, the office of employee assistance, the congressional black caucus and all of your amazing staff for your patience and your guidance during this very difficult time. People always ask us what was it like to work for congressman Lewis. What was he like up close? What was he like in real life? It is too difficult to explain. Our answer was always the same. He's just as you may imagine, but better and that no day was ever the same. What you know about the [1:08:13 PM] congressman is true. He was a gentlemen. He was of the people and a peaceful soul. When he came into the office every day, he would greet every staffer, every intern with a good morning, sir, good morning, ma'am. He would end every successful speech, thank you young brother. Thank you sister. Thank you my child or my dear. As staff we felt it was our duty to maintain a space where the congressman could be completely and wholly himself. In college we say there's the freshman 15 you gain. In our office there was the John Lewis 20. He and Michael would bring in lunch and far too often dessert because some cake, pie or brownie would be calling out to them and they would want everyone to come together and sit down and share a meal. [1:09:15 PM] We were a little family, a little enclave. A lot of drama, a lot of fun, and so much love. He broke down those work barriers and welcomed our parents, our spouses, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and at the nephews into the circle. Sometimes the world got a little glimpse of our nest during these gatherings and certain videos may go viral. We were like a well-oiled machine when it came to policy and case work. Although we were like that in public, he enjoyed stirring things up in the office. You might call him a little bit of an instigator. [1:10:16 PM] He would get us in trouble with Michael, try and corner us with questions and stir things up. With time, you knew not to take the bait and you would learn to say, oh, no, congressman, you're not going to get me today. He would laugh. I think that's what I'm going to miss the most. I'm going to miss his laugh. Not the one you see on television, but the one where he would be sitting back shooting the wind and he would throw back his head and laugh from his heart, from his belly, from his soul. So many workers are often taught to be invisible. With Mr. Lewis he always saw you and made you feel special and worthy. Dr. King and Rosa parks spent time with him as a teenager and [1:11:16 PM] it changed the course of his life. I believe he spent every waking moment paying it forward. He could be absolutely exhausted, but still take one more picture, spend one more moment, especially with young people. This meant that we were always, always, always behind schedule. So the very first lesson in staffing of the congressman was to learn to operate on John Lewis time, which translates into late, but trusting that it would always work out. As he told everyone, he could out walk the entire staff. So our duty was to keep up. When it was time to move, we did. When it was time to be present and the congressman needed a little bit of quiet, we would try to create that space. [1:12:16 PM] He would slow down to appreciate and absorb the majesty of the moment for his own mental archives. Just as we tried to preserve the sanctity of his space, he allowed us to be our true and authentic selves. He found staff who were unique and represented a little bit of his personality and what he needed to compliment it. We made our ways to Mr. Lewis through random paths. Coincidences, strategies and for believers through divine intervention. He didn't hire based on a resume, but your energy, your passion and your potential. We were a group of musicians, air traffic controllers, photographers, dancers social workers, entertainers, artists, [1:13:17 PM] historians and every once in a while an actual lawyer or a political scientist. He got all into our business and was there in spirit, or in person, for the big moments. In the same way that he always took a call from Mrs. Lewis or John miles, he let us drop everything for a family emergency. Generations of children have fond memories of hanging out in his office as their parents worked nearby. He let us be ourselves, especially when it came to civic participation. He let us organize, protest, testify and always, always, [1:14:18 PM] always vote. We tried to absorb his energy and his lessons. To my knowledge, three staff served him for over 20 years. Ruth Burke, tiwari butler and first cousin Michael Collins. May you please stand. [ Applause ] There's a whole generation of staff right behind them at 19, 15, 17, 12, 14 years. Ruth Riley, Brenda Jones, [1:15:26 PM] Rochelle o'neil. Linda chasetain. Although some of you and some people moved on, you couldn't really because his spirit was in you forever. His voice was always in our head. Be kind, be mindful, be particular. Make it plain. Make it simple. Make it sing. Working for him was a little bit of a nightmare sometimes because no matter how hard we worked, he always worked harder. Every single day he woke up at the crack of dawn, watched the news and read the newspapers. His memory was like a living [1:16:32 PM] which means he forgot nothing. He expected us to be informed with facts from primary sources, not hearsay. He would ask what constituents were calling and writing about and add that information to his endless archives. You learned the hard way or the subtle way because he was not direct. When he asked you a question, he usually knew the answer. He wanted to see whether or not you could represent him and his constituents. When preparing for a big vote or a big speech, he would drop a subtle hint. Have you read this poem, this speech, a book, some scripture? Do you remember this painting? Then he would say let's come back and talk about it later on. This little hint would prepare you for the aftermath of those [1:17:34 PM] executive sessions he had with himself. After those sessions we would learn how and in which direction the spirit moved him. Then we would have our marching orders. He would take the essence of a complicated policy and make it accessible and real to the people. The congressman loved serving on the ways and means committee. He always showed up. He hated to miss votes on the floor. Let me say that again. He could not stand to miss votes. The voice messages I have from him about the votes that he was about to miss are still on my phone to this day. This is the reason why we are so thankful that congressman kilde and his staff were willing to serve and help us cast these ballots during this pandemic and [1:18:36 PM] to serve as his proxy. The congressman would walk the halls, or sit in committee, or sit in the office and he loved the beauty of the house of representatives. He loved the closeness to the people and the complicated status of our nation. Every visitor our office received a full dose of southern hospitality, the offer of a Georgia coke, some peanuts, a brief tour of his office and some time on our beloved balcony with its stunning view of the capitol. While he loved his country, the record should be clear on his immense pride in representing Georgia's fifth congressional district. He was so proud to represent metro Atlanta and all of its cities, all its counties and all its people. He was on a mission to serve, to make them feel heard, respected [1:19:37 PM] and represented regardless of where they fell on the political spectrum. The constituents were a compass and congressman Lewis worked around the clock to find solutions to their challenges. When it came to public service and public policy, his name did not need to be on the headlines or on the frontlines. It was the action and the results that mattered. Not every problem needs a bill. He could always find compromise without compromising his values or his principles when the challenge presented itself. He played the long game and he knew every trick in the book and he expected the staff to fight in a nonviolent manner for the people. When constituents were concerned [1:20:37 PM] about the rights of soviet jewelry, he took action. When faced with equality in health services he advanced changes to reduce the cost for life-saving care. Especially for the issues that affected communities of color like kidney disease and COPD. When workers faced pension issues, he found ways to give them security. When families were separated by immigration policies, he worked around the clock to reunite them. When people couldn't get their social security checks, he fought to make that happen. When tax payers were struck and struggled with an outdate bureaucracy of the irs he worked to modernize the entire agency. When he heard from frustrated veterans, he fought for their respect, their earned benefits and their care. When he saw an alarming increase in abusive relationships, he [1:21:38 PM] developed strategies to stop the cycle before it began. When some tried to eliminate the U.S. Institute of peace, he found a way to keep that building and the prospect and the hope of peace still alive. When he was worried about the state of our globe for generations yet unborn, he introduced the environmental justice act. When looking at the rights of marginalized communities around the world, he worked to diversify the face of our diplomacy and insert empathy and standards to our global policies. When people complained about I am moveable lines to vote he co-wrote the voters act. The list is too long to recognize his legislative policies and success and impact he has on people around the world. As we sit in this historic space [1:22:38 PM] and as you drive-through metro Atlanta and you feel the greatness of his legacy, historic preservation and civic education, I ask that you hold that in your heart and your soul and your spirit. He felt that we needed to know and study our history to make sure that we never repeated it. He was both human and divine. It's so difficult to explain the magnitude, the genius, the gentle grace of this man. I would ask at this moment for the staff to take a stand please so that you can see and know just a sample of who we are. [ Applause ] Former staff. [1:23:47 PM] Thank you. A few years ago we had a reunion. We realized there aren't that many staff. We have a lot of interns and fellows, but the congressman held us close. I don't think there are many offices where you have the opportunity to hold your boss' hand and adjust his tie and tell every person that you loved them. He created this space. He created this family. As a staff, we are heart broken. We are lost. We know that the work continues, the fight remains. We cannot, we must not get lost in the sea of despair. So, if asked how you may honor the congressman, I will echo the words of the greats who stood here before. You can make sure that his work, his sacrifice, his message lives on and that there are actions that every person can do [1:24:48 PM] regardless of their age or station in life. Be kind. Be mindful. Recognize the dignity and the worth of every human being. Be the best version of yourself. Be informed. Stay engaged. Even though the work is hard. If you are of age and eligible, for the love of god, please vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Life and legacy of the man she worked for so closely. How lovely to be remembered as an icon, someone you imagined, but better. Now Sheila Lewis o'brien, a niece of congressman Lewis. [1:26:02 PM] >> Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Sheila o'brien. I am the sixth niece of congressman John Lewis. To each distinguished guest, member of clergy, family and friends, on behalf of the Lewis family we would like to say thank you from the very depths of our hearts at the outcome of love, support, words of encouragement and prayer. The honor, the respect, the comradery that has been bestowed upon the Lewis family will never be forgotten. We would like to give a thanks to chief of staff, Michael Collins, who has now become first cousin -- [ applause ] -- And to each staff member that's worked tirelessly with and for congressman Lewis, especially during this time. [1:27:02 PM] Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for all that you have done, especially for our cousin John miles. I'm here to pay tribute to a man that was larger than life. To the world he is known as the honorable congressman Lewis. To his family he's known as Robert. To his nieces and nephews he's known as uncle Robert. Uncle Robert loved his family. We loved him. He was a son to our grandparents Eddie Lewis who we called grand daddy buddy and Willie may Lewis who we called ma. He was the husband to aunt Lillian, the father to one son, our cousin, John miles, and the brother to a lot of siblings. Too many to name right now. We don't have time. [1:28:04 PM] While we knew how important he and his work was to the world, when we were with him, we saw uncle Robert. We saw the man that enjoyed spending time with his family, reminiscing about days gone by, catching up on family dynamics, enjoying a good meal, sharing laughter and love. We, like the world, knew that John Robert Lewis personified hope, courage, bravery and shear humanitarianism. As we all know before he was chosen to congress, yes, I say chosen, the word of god tells me that many are called, but few are chosen. His first call was to that of the civil rights movement. For the last 60 years as a nonviolent civil rights activist he was a voice for those who couldn't speak, the feet for those who couldn't walk and the [1:29:05 PM] champion of injustice for those that couldn't fight. He along with many other civil rights icons became the change agents that the world so desperately needed. As a member of congress, he was known as the conscious of congress. He has been recognized, revered and held to the highest esteem for the work he's done. He broke barriers. He tore down walls. He defied stereotypes and refused to be moved from his stance on injustice, liberty and freedom. He made time for everyone and was always picture ready. He did not miss an opportunity for a photo op or to just take a few moments to talk to his constituents or to those that revered him. His love was contagious and could be felt each time you were in his presence. Over the last several days, listening to the numerous [1:30:07 PM] accomplishments, some of which he labored for years over, it is evident why his life is being celebrated at this magnitude. He truly made an impact, not just on America, but on the world. Today we celebrate the life of congressman John Lewis, our uncle Robert, the man who labored, the man who taught, the man who walked, fought, knelt, sat, held hands with both blacks and whitings, bled, lifted his voice, bent his knees and was willing to give up his life for a righteous cause. Let's continue this celebration of life by taking up the baton he has now laid down and endeavored to get into trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. Let's not give up. Let's not give in. Let's never give out. Let's keep the faith, keep our [1:31:10 PM] eyes on the prize. Rest in power, uncle Robert. May your legacy live on and never die. We believe you have heard the words from our heavenly father. Well down, my good and faithful servant. I say to all of us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Guess what? It's morning time. [ Applause ] >> Sheila Lewis o'brien. We will now hear again from Jennifer holiday singing "Take my hand precious lord." [1:32:14 PM] >> A few years ago congressman John Lewis attended the inauguration of an American president. Although he had seen many presidents, he made a beeline to this president and asked him to sign his program. He signed the program in this way, because of you, John, it's my esteem honor to welcome back to the ebenezer pulpit the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Before he comes, Jennifer holiday will come once again. "Take my hand precious lord, lead me on." ?? ?? [1:33:23 PM] ? precious lord, take my hand ? ? lead me on, let me stand ? ? I am tired ? ? I am weak ? OBAMA STARTS 13:40:00 >> Jennifer holiday. There's the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. He's entering the sanctuary. [ Applause ] [1:40:07 PM] >> James wrote to the believers, considerate it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, so you may mature and complete, lacking nothing. It is a great honor to be back at ebenezer Baptist church at the pulpit of its greatest [1:41:09 PM] pastor, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., to pay my respects to perhaps his finest disciple. An American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable spirit, John Lewis. To those who spoke, presidents bush and Clinton, madam speaker, reverend Warnick, reverend king, John's family, friends, his beloved staff, mayor bottoms, I've come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom. Now this country is a constant work in progress. We're born with instructions to form a more perfect union. Explicit in those words is the idea that we're imperfect, that what gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further than any might have thought possible. 134256 John Lewis, first of the freedom riders, head of the student nonviolent coordinating committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the March from Selma to Montgomery, member of congress representing the people of this state and this district for 33 years, mentor to young people, including me at the time, until his final day on this Earth. He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life's work. Which isn't bad for a boy from Troy. [1:43:48 PM] John was born into modest means. That means he was poor. In the heart of the Jim crow south to parents who picked somebody else's cotton. Apparently he didn't take to [1:44:15 PM] farm work. On days when he was supposed to help his brothers and sisters with their labor, he would hide under the porch and make a break for the school bus when it showed up. His mother Willie Mae Lewis nurtured that curiosity in this shy, serious child. Once you learn something, she told her son, once you get something inside your head, no one can take it away from you. As a boy, John listened through the door after bedtime as his father's friends complained about the clan. One Sunday as a teenager he heard Dr. King preach on the radio. As a college student in Tennessee, he signed up for Jim [1:45:17 PM] Lawson's workshop on the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. John Lewis was getting something inside his head. An idea he couldn't shake. Took hold of him. Nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience were the means to change laws, but also change hearts and change minds and change nations and change the world. So he helped organize the Nashville campaign in 1960. He and other young men and women sat at a segregated lunch counter. Well-dressed, straight back, refusing to let a milkshake poured on their heads or a cigarette extinguished on their backs, or a foot aimed at their [1:46:22 PM] ribs, refused to let that dent their dignity and their sense of purpose. After a few months, the Nashville campaign achieved the first successful desegregation of public facilities in any major city in the south. John got a taste of jail for the first, second, third -- well, several times. But he also got a taste of victory and it consumed him with righteous purpose. He took the battle deeper into the south. That same year, just weeks after the supreme court ruled that segregation of interstate bus facilities was unconstitution, [1:47:25 PM] John and Bernard Lafayette bought two tickets, climbed aboard a greyhound and refused to move. This was months before the first official freedom rides. He was doing a test. Trip was unsanctioned. Few knew what they were up to. At every stop through the night, apparently the angry driver stormed out of the bus and into the bus station and John and Bernard had no idea what he might come back with or who he might come back with. Nobody was there to protect them. There were no camera crews to record events. [1:48:31 PM] You know, sometimes, rev, we read about this and we kind of take it for granted, or at least we act as if it was inevitable. (13:48:43) Imagine the courage of two people Malia's age, younger than my oldest daughter, on their own to challenge an entire infrastructure of oppression. John was only 20 years old, but he pushed all 20 of those years to the center of the table. Betting everything, all of it, that his example could challenge centuries of convention and generations of brutal violence [1:49:33 PM] and countless daily indignities suffered by African-Americans. Like John the Baptist preparing the way, like those old testaments prophets speaking truth to kings, John Lewis did not hesitate and he kept on getting on board buses and sitting at lunch counters. Got his mugshot taken again and again. Marched again and again on a mission to change America. Spoke to a quarter million people at a March on Washington when he was just 23. Helped organize the freedom summer in Mississippi when he was just 24. At the ripe old age of 25, John [1:50:37 PM] was asked to lead the March from Selma to Montgomery. He was warned that governor Wallace ordered troopers to use violence. But he and Jose Williams and others led them across that bridge anyway. We've all seen the film and the footage and the photographs. President Clinton mentioned the trench coat, the nap sack, the book to read, the apple to eat, the tooth brush. Apparently jails weren't big on such creature comforts. You look at those pictures and John looks so young. He's small in stature. [1:51:37 PM] Looking every bit that shy, serious child that his mother raised. Yet, he's full of purpose. God put pesevarance in him. We know what happened to the marchers that day. Their bones were cracked by Billy clubs. Their eyes and lungs choked with tear gas. They knelt to pray, which made their heads easier targets. John was struck in the skull. He thought he was going to die. Surrounded by the sight of young Americans gagging and bleeding and trampled, victims in their [1:52:38 PM] own country of state-sponsored violence. The thing is I imagine initially that day the troopers thought they won the battle. You can imagine the conversations they had afterwards. [ Applause ] You can imagine them saying, yeah, we showed them. They figured they turned the protesters back over the bridge, that they kept, that they preserved a system that denied the basic humanity of their fellow citizens. Except this time there were some cameras there. This time the world saw what [1:53:38 PM] happened, bore witness to black Americans who were asking for nothing more than to be treated like other Americans. They were not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment, promised to them a century before and almost another century before that. When John woke up and checked himself out of the hospital, he would make sure the world saw a movement that was, in the words of scripture, hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but in the abandoned. [1:54:39 PM] Struck down, but not destroyed. [ Applause ] He retired to brown chapel, a battered prophet, bandages around his head. He said more marchers will come now, and the people came, and the troopers parted, and the marchers reached Montgomery. Their words reached the white house. Lyndon Johnson, son of the south, said we shall overcome, and the voting rights act was signed into law. (13:55:30) The life of John Lewis was in so many ways exceptional. It vindicated the faith in our founding, redeemed that faith. The most American of ideas, the idea that any of us, ordinary people without rank or wealth or title or fame, can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation and come together and challenge the status quo, decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals. What a radical idea. What a revolutionary notion. The idea that any of us, ordinary people, a young kid from Troy can stand up to the [1:56:48 PM] powers and principles and say no, this isn't right, this isn't true, this isn't true. We can do better. On the battlefield of justice Americans like John, Americans like reverends lowery and C.T. Vivian, two other patriots we lost this year, liberated all of us, the many Americans came to take for granted.(13:57:30) America was built by people like them. America was built by John lewises. [ Applause ] (13:57:44) He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals. And some day, when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form a more perfect union, whether it's years from now or decades or even if it takes another two centuries, John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America. [ Applause ] And, yet as exceptional as John was, here's the thing, John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do. I mentioned in the statement the [1:58:53 PM] day John passed, thing about John was how gentle and humble he was. And, despite this storied, remarkable career, he treated everyone with kindness and respect because it was innate to him, this idea that any of us can do if we're willing to persevere. He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage. That in all of us there's a longing to do what's right, that in all of us, there's a willingness to love all people [1:59:54 PM] and extend to them their god given rights to dignity and respect. So many of us lose that sense. It's taught out of us. We start feeling as if, in fact, we can't afford to extend kindness or decency to other people, that we're better off if we're above other people and looking down on them and so often that's encouraged in our culture, but John always said -- he always saw the best in us, and he never gave up and never stopped speaking out because he saw the best in us. He believed in us even when we didn't believe in ourselves. [2:01:03 PM] And as a congressman he didn't rest. He kept getting himself arrested. As an old man, he didn't sit out any fight, sat in all night long on the floor of the united States capitol. I know his staff was stressed. [ Laughter ] But the testing of his faith produced perseverance. He knew that the March is not over, that the race is not yet won, that we have not yet reached that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character. 140143 He knew from his own life that progress is fragile. That we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history, of our own history, where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull conner may be gone but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. 140225 George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. [ Applause ] We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but (14:02:58) even as we sit here there are those in power who are doing their damndest to discourage people from voting 140309 By closing polling locations and targeting minorities -- [applause over speaker, cannot verify this snapstream --and students with restricted I.D. Laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that's going to be dependent on mail-in ] 140331 --- ballots so people don't get sick. I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say we shouldn't dwell on such things, but that's why I'm talking about it. (14:03:53) John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now. [2:04:13 PM] He knew that every single one of us has a god given power and that the faith of this democracy depends on how we use it that, democracy isn't automatic. It has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to. We have to work at it. It's hard. And so he knew that it depends on whether we summon a measure, just a measure of John's moral courage to question what's right and what's wrong. And call things as they are. [2:05:07 PM] He said that as long as he had a breath in his body he would do everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy, not just with elections but a true democracy, a representative democracy and a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America of perpetual self-creation, then we're going to have to be more like John. We don't have to do all the things he had to do because he did them for us, but we got to do something. As the lord instructed Paul, do not be afraid, go on speaking, do not be silent for I am with [2:06:10 PM] you and no one will attack you to harm you for I have many in this city who are my people. It's just everybody's got to come out and vote. We got all those people in the city, but they can't do nothing. Like John we've got to keep getting into that good trouble. He knew that nonviolent protests is patriotic, a way to raise public awareness and put a spotlight on injustice and make the powers that be uncomfortable, like John, we don't have to choose between protests and politics. It's not an either/or situation, it's a both and situation. We have to engage in protests where that's effective but we also have to translate our [2:07:12 PM] passion and our causes into laws, institutional practices. That's why John ran for congress 34 years ago. Like John we've got to fight even harder for the most powerful tool that we have, which is the right to vote. The voting rights act is one of the crowning achievements of our democracy. It's why John crossed that bridge. It's why he spilled his blood and by the way, it was the result of democratic and Republican efforts. President bush, who spoke here earlier, and his father signed its renewal when they were in office. President Clinton didn't have to because it was the law when he [2:08:15 PM] arrived, so instead he made a law to make it easier for people to register to vote. But once the supreme court weakened the voting rights act, some state legislators unleashed a flood of laws designed specifically to make voting harder, especially by the way state legislators where there is a lot of minority turnout and population growth. That's not necessarily a mystery or an accident. It was an attack on what John fought for, it was an attack on our democratic freedoms and we should treat it as such. If politicians want to honor John and I'm so grateful for the [2:09:18 PM] legacy and work of all the congressional leaders who are here, but there's a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John ? let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for. [ Applause ] And, by the way, naming it the John Lewis voting rights act, that is a fine tribute, but John wouldn't want us to stop there, just trying to get back to where we already were. Once we pass the John Lewis voting rights act, we should keep marching to make it even better. [ Applause ] [2:10:19 PM] By making sure every American is automatically registered to vote including former inmates who have earned their second chance. By adding polling places and expanding early voting and making election day a national holiday so if you are somebody who is working in a factory or you're a single mom who's got to go to her job and doesn't get time off, you can still cast your ballot. By guaranteeing that every American citizen has equal representation in our government including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C. And in Puerto Rico, they're Americans. [ Applause ] [2:11:19 PM] By ending some of the partisan gerrymandering so that all voters have the power to choose their politicians, not the other way around and if all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim crow relic in order to secure the god given rights of every American, then that's what we should do. [ Applause ] Now, even if we do all this, even if every bogus voter suppression law is struck off the books today, we got to be honest with ourselves that too many of us choose not to exercise the franchise. Too many of our citizens believe their vote won't make a difference or they buy into the cynicism that by the way is the central strategy of voting [2:12:21 PM] suppression to make you discouraged to stop believing in your own power. So we're also going to have to remember what John said, if you don't do everything you can do to change things, then they will remain the same. You only pass this way once. You have to give it all you have. As long as young people are protesting in the streets, hoping real change takes hold, I'm hopeful, but we can't casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one. We can't treat voting as an errand to run if we have some time. We have to treat it as the most important action we can take. [2:13:24 PM] On behalf of democracy and like John, we have to give it all we have. (14:13:40) I was proud that John Lewis was a friend of mine. I met him when I was in law school. He came to speak. And I went up and I said, Mr. Lewis, you are one of my heroes. What inspired me more than anything as a young man was to see what you and reverend Lawson, Bob Moses, Diane Nash and others did and he got that kind of aw shucks, thank you very much. [ Laughter ] Next time I saw him, I had been [2:14:28 PM] elected to the United States senate and I told him, John, I'm here because of you. And on inauguration day in 2008/2009, he was one of the first people I greeted and hugged on that stand and I told him, this is your day too. He was a good and kind and gentle man and he believed in us. Even when we don't believe in ourselves. And it's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was on zoom and I'm pretty sure neither he nor I set up the zoom call because we didn't know [2:15:28 PM] how to work it. It was a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who had been helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. And afterwards I spoke to John privately and he could not have been prouder to see this new generation of activists standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation that was intent on voting and protecting the right to vote. In some cases a new generation running for political office, and I told him all those young people, John, of every race and every religion from every background and gender and sexual orientation, John, those are your children. They learned from your example. Even if they didn't always know [2:16:33 PM] it. They'd understood through him what American citizenship requires even if they had only heard about his courage through the history books. By the thousands faceless anonymous relentless young people, black and white have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the constitution and the declaration of Independence. Dr. King said that in the 1960s and it came true again this summer. We see it outside our windows in big cities and rural towns in men and women, young and old, straight Americans and lgbtq Americans, blacks who long for [2:17:33 PM] equal treatment and whites who can no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the sub jrue situation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ]jugation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ] We see it in everybody doing the hard work of overcoming complacency, of overcoming our own fears and our own prejudices, our own hatreds, you see it in people trying to be better, truer versions of ourselves. And that's what John Lewis teaches us. That's where real courage comes from, not from turning on each other, but by turning towards one another. Not by sowing hatred and [2:18:35 PM] division, but by spreading love and truth, not by avoiding our responsibilities to create a better America and a better world, but by embracing those responsibilities with joy and perseverance and discovering that in our beloved community, we do not walk alone. What a gift John Lewis was. We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for awhile and show us the way. God bless you all. God bless America. God bless this gentle soul who pulled us closer to his promise. [2:19:37 PM] Thank you very much. [ Applause ] >> Barack Obama, president of the United States, number 44. His friend and mentor, John Lewis, the man martin Luther king called his disciple. Now we'll hear from B.B. And Marvin Winans. An original song they commissioned in honor of the congressman. ?? >> Thank you so much. We are honored to be here. I would like to thank brother Michael Collins for about a week before the congressman passed, he called B.B. And so B.B. And I and my sister cece had [2:20:38 PM] opportunity to sing to him and one of the songs we sang songs differently but the one song I'd like for everyone that who would just join in. ? We shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome someday ? ? oh deep in my heart I do believe ? ? we shall overcome someday ?? [2:21:42 PM] >> Upon hearing that I heard he opened his eyes because that was the song that led and was the heart of those marches. Has written another song as the memory of uncle Robert as you'd call him because he treated us all like family. And I hope you enjoy it. ? Born in Alabama born in Troy, Alabama ? ? to will will may sharecroppers [2:22:45 PM] working in the heat of the day ? ? he knew there was much more so he asked the lord to show ? ? yes, he did ? ? all he achieved in his life we already know ? ? he was there in a hurry told you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight in the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was, oh, yes, he was ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he took on the wrong of this world like civil voting rights ? [2:23:49 PM] ? no matter the problems he faced he kept his eyes on the prize ? ? and then he learned to walk and believe god until the end ? ? yes, he did ? ? and knew he would overcome that and love is gone with him ? ? he was there when you called don't you worry he'd tell the truth in a hurry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle and willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was oh, yes, he was ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? and as you put on your robe to go home we will continue the [2:24:50 PM] fight and be strong ? ?? ? we'll continue to fight continue to fight ? ? he was there when you called on him in a hurry ? ? he'd tell you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight, willing to fight ? ? yes, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight he was ready [2:25:50 PM] to fight ? ? yeah, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight thank you for that ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight we should be ready to fight ? ? and willing to get in good trouble ?? [ applause ] [2:26:58 PM] ?? >>> Let us pray. And when he shall die, take him and cut him into stars. He shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will grow in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sum. Gracious and loving god we commend into your safety the soul of your son, John Robert Lewis. You've seen the affidavit of his deeds, yes. [2:27:59 PM] He stayed in trouble, good trouble. Necessary trouble. He fought the good fight. He finished his course. He kept the faith. And now you have laid out for him a crown of righteousness but not only to him, but to all those who love god's appearing. Now part of a great mighty cloud of witnesses is he, these are they who have gone through the great tribulation, they washed their robes in the blood of the lamb. [2:29:05 PM] The angels rejoice because he has been vindicated by history. His deeds etched into eternity and his soul received into your glory in the name of the god who loves us and to freedom and frees us into loving, through Jesus Christ our lord we pray, amen. >> Raphael Warnock with the benediction was indeed a grand look for a great man. John Lewis celebrated at ebenezer Baptist church with [2:30:05 PM] family, friends, three American presidents. >> We pray that today was a memorable worship experience for all of you. Now pastor Warnock will greet the family along with reverend Dr. Bernice king and follow the department of defense's instructions as they carry out our representative Lewis. >> Joined by our team at ABC. Robin Roberts, we saw a little bit of everything about John Lewis today, the human being, the young man of courage, the politician, family man, great mentor to his staff and a [2:31:06 PM] ceremony filled with laughter, tears and, robin, not a little bit of politics. >> Yes, yes, as you would expect, George. When president Obama said that Jo Lewis, it wasn't just about changing laws, he was about changing hearts and minds and I was really struck when his deputy chief of staff, when she said that congressman Lewis could find compromise without compromising his values and his beliefs and that's something that I think permeated throughout the celebration of his life, that and the fact that he was a very humble man. >> Byron Pitts a celebration of his life and lesson in history today, the history of the modern civil rights movement. >> Yes, he symbolized that. [2:32:08 PM] Lewis said in 1955 he heard Dr. King on the radio for the first time and for the first time in his life he heard a sermon not about life and the after yonder but life now and a certainlien about social gospel as Dr. King called it and, George, I think in his last many days of tributes we've been reminded that John Lewis "Time" magazine called him a saint in 1975, a living saint. Today president Clinton said he was scripture. Isaiah 6:8. Here I am, lord, send me and these days of tributes remind us John Lewis was also a sermon. A good sermon touches your heart. It makes you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you feel better and also it encourages you to do better, to act better and I think in his 80 years on the Earth that's what John Lewis hoped to do, to help America do better. >> Linsey, his final message as [2:33:08 PM] well, go out and do the work, let freedom ring. >> I think it was a really prophetic moment we witnessed while president Obama was delivering the eulogy and saw about a dozen black children marching outside of the windows here in times square demanding change, doing it in a peaceful way, just the way John Lewis would have wanted it. And we saw that. We talked about this earlier on Sunday when we saw the body take that final trip over the bridge
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WASH 8 LEWIS FUNERAL ATLANTA GA CLEAN SWITCHED P3 WASH 8/ POOL 6 - Switched feed >> He was a member of ebenezer for years before he became ill. He would go back to Atlanta every weekend, and every Sunday morning, he would go to the early morning service. The 8:00 A.M. Ser because he rose at 5:00 in themorning, and this church meant so much to him. It's where he and his wife Lillian were married. Er funeral service was held there. Ese images I can recall of John Lewis and his wife, [10:57:03 AM] Lillian's funeral. You see this man brokenhearted. His partner for 41 years was gone, and say for people of faith -- I know people in that church are mindful that John lewiss with her again, his partner, this woman who they worshipped god together in that place. And ebenezer is a special place. It was the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and America will be exposed to something. It will see the grandness of a black church, that historically in a black church, that's where we discuss politics. That's where people find comfort. That's where the medicine of music exists. Today we'll hear from grammy singers, grammy award winners. We'll hear from three presidents, so yes, politics, yes, the comfort of music and also the strategy that came out of a black church. Where do we go forward? Where do we go Monday? [10:58:04 AM] We'll hear about that today. Where do we go as a nation taking John Lewis' mission forward? >> We saw the congressman coming into the chapel today. You see kamala Harris, and Cory booker, African-American senators. They are part of John Lewis' legacy as well. >> So many who he inspired and that's what struck me when I was reading his words today in the op-ed. He talked about how he lived to be inspired by this next generation where he says, you filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. So we really see this full circle. He inspired. He lived to be inspired. He through his commitment and hard work to making sure that millions of Americans would have access to what he called first class citizenship, he ultimately got to see his parents cast their first vote. He got to see the first black president who is now going to be delivering his eulogy today, and he got to get a library card [10:59:07 AM] from the library in Alabama that initially denied him, and that's how this all is so full circle because that's where it all started. He talked about in 1956 he was just 15 years old going to the local library, and he was poor and didn't have books at home. He was going with his brothers, sisters and cousins to get books because he liked to read and the librarian said, look. The library is just for whites only. Fast forward to 1998, he ended up writing a book. That library called him to have a book signing there. That book signing of course, was attended by blacks and whites alike. After it was over, they granted him that library card 42 years later, George. >> A long time coming right there. The service is about to begin. There you see at ebenezer Baptist, and as we come up on 11:00 eastern on the east coast, we should note that the family has said that right at 11:00, churches around the country, 500 churches around the country expected to ring bells for 80 [11:00:07 AM] seconds to celebrate John Lewis. Let's listen. [ Bell tolls ] Ebenezer Baptist church. [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:01:23 AM] [ Bell tolls ] >>> 80 bells, 80 seconds, 80 years for John Lewis. [ Bell tolls ] [11:03:01 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:04:19 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] . >> President George W. Bush entering the sanctuary along with Laura bush. Everyone this morning in masks. [11:05:23 AM] The speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. She will speak as well, a colleague of John Lewis for more than 30 years in the house. I believe that's the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha lance-bottoms, and now the pastor of ebenezer Baptist will lead the service. >> Shall we stand? I am the resurrection and the lake, said the lord. [11:06:32 AM] Yet shall we live again. >> Pastor saying the prayer. Former president Bill Clinton. >> Shall never die. And that he shall stand with me at the light of day. Infy skin, worms destroy this body, yet shall I see god. I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and another. Behold, eyes show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in [11:07:37 AM] the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the death must be raised and crumble. We shall all be changed. Immortality. This corruptible, corruption at whim, this corruptible shall put on corruption. When put on immortality, then will be brought to pass. Death is in dignity. Where is your dignity? [11:08:38 AM] Thanks be onto god who gives us the Victor. Thanks be on to god who gave John Robert Lewis the victory through Jesus Christ, our lord and liberator. Let all the children of god say amen. >> All: Amen. >> You're in a Baptist church. Say it loudly. Amen. >> All: Amen. >> You may be seated. God bless you, my sisters and brothers. You who sit in the sanctuary and those who join us on our church livestream or by television, god [11:09:41 AM] bless you and welcome to ebenezer Baptist church. Spiritual home of martin Luther king Jr., spiritual home of John Robert Lewis, America's freedom church. In these difficult days that even made grieving more challenging. At a time when we would find comfort in embracing one another. When we must socially distance from one another, but make no mistake. We are together. In principle, even if not in proximity. We may not all be in the same room, but we are all on the same page, and we are in touch with [11:10:43 AM] the same spirit. We love John Robert Lewis. [ Applause ] Come on. Give god preach. Come on. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Let me just offer this. [11:11:43 AM] We praise god for John Lewis, but as we gather in this house, god be reminding that as a teenager, he actually used to preach to the chickens. I guess you have to start somewhere. At age 16, he preached what we call his trial sermon in a little country church, but as his life he preached sermons, he became one. He became a living, walking sermon about truth-telling and justice-making and he loved America until America learned how to love him back. [ Applause ] At a time when there is so much [11:12:44 AM] going on in our world, the new cycle is packed at a dizzying pace. In the last several days, it is as if time stood still while the nation takes its time to remember him. I rise a big ask in this call to celebration. What is it that calls us to slow down, to linger for a little while with so much swirling around us. We're summoned here because in a moment, when there are some in high office who are much better at division than vision who cannot lead us so they seek to divide us. In a moment when there is so much political cynicism and [11:13:48 AM] narcissism that masquerades as patriotism, here lies a true American patriot who risked his life and lived for the hope and the promise of democracy. [ Applause ] We celebrate John Lewis. Beaten and battered, but never bitter. On a bridge in Selma, he stared down bigotry and tyranny and won. How did he do it? The great-great-grandson of slaves, he received a spiritual power born of suffering that transcended human station and called upon the human law to more closely align itself with the law of love. Howard Thurmond said by some amazing, but vastly creative spirituality, the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst. John Lewis' ancestors met a man [11:14:50 AM] named Jesus in the brush of Alabama and Georgia and Mississippi and John Lewis received that faith and took it with him across that bridge in Selma, and every other bridge. We've come to celebrate John Lewis. [ Applause ] So let us be clear. When president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law, what he etched in ink had already been sanctioned by blood, the blood of the martyrs, the blood of Cheney and Goodman, two Jews and an African-American who were murdered in Mississippi, the blood of Viola, the blood of John Lewis. We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America's transgressions, bruised for our [11:15:55 AM] inequities. The chastisement of our peace was from him, and from his strikes we are healed, so let's remember him today and let's recommit tomorrow to standing together and fighting together, and voting together and standing up on behalf of truth and righteousness, together. We'll get through this together. Let's worship the lord. Let's worship the lord together. Thank god for John Robert Lewis. Let the nation say amen. >> All: Amen. >> And let the angels rejoice. >> Psalm 23 will now be read by [11:16:57 AM] a niece of John Lewis. >> Good morning. I will be coming from the 23rd number of psalms. The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake. Shall I walk through the valley of the shadows of death I shall fear no evil for thou are with me. Prepares the table before me and the presence of my enemies. My cup runeth over. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever. Thank you. >> And now a new testament [11:17:59 AM] reading from Mrs. Roslyn king, another niece. Of Mr. Lewis. And you notice there they are disinfecting the mic after each speaker. >> Good morning. I will now be reading the first chronicles, 13th chapter. If I could speak all the languages of Earth and of angels but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of god's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. [11:19:00 AM] Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Prophesy and speaking in an unknown language, in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless, but love will last forever. Now our knowledge is partial, and incomplete, and even the gift of prophesy reveals only part of the whole picture, but when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child, but when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly like puzzling reflections in a [11:20:01 AM] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely just as god now knows me completely. Three things will last forever. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Thank you. >> Good morning. While we know that death is the great equalizer, we all recognize that each person's experience with it is different, and so I want to extend condolences to you, the siblings of John Lewis and the entire -- >> That's the daughter of martin Luther king. >> On behalf of the entire king [11:21:03 AM] family, including my aunt Christine, my dad's only living sibling who would have been here with us today but for covid, but rest assured, she is viewing us on television as we speak. Let us pray. Great and mighty god, creator of us all and sustainer of all things, we invoke you on this morning. We welcome you, holy spirit into this place. We humbly look to you in this hour for wisdom and strength and comfort as we celebrate the homegoing of your son and servant, congressman John Robert Lewis. Please, dear father, comfort this family and grant them a piece of god that passes all understanding. [11:22:03 AM] Surround them with your love. In the words of your servant, martin Luther king Jr. Who reminded us that death is not a period that ends this great sentence of life, but a comma which punctuates it to a lofty and higher significance, help us, oh god, to grasp that truth and see the magnitude of this moment, not merely as the death of a great soul, but as a divine message that says to each and every one of us on this Earth, be still and know that I am god. Hear me and heed my message in this hour that love even for an enemy is the only way to transform this world into a true brother and sisterhood. We thank you, god, for the life and legacy of congressman John Lewis who showed us this more excellent way of life. [11:23:05 AM] We thank you for honoring us with his presence and allowing our lives to intersect with his life. Be with his family. Be with those who struggle with him in that movement, and know that he continues to live on, in and through each and every one of them and each and every one of us. We praise you, oh, god for this nonviolent warrior who fought for true peace which daddy taught us is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. (11:23:32) As we honor the life of congressman John Lewis, who shed blood on that Edmund Pettus bridge, that we might have the right to vote. Grant that we never again take that right for granted, and that we exercise it no matter what, and that we never again tamper with that right, overtaking this hour, our congress that they might restore voting rights [11:24:06 AM] protections in our nation. (11:24:02) As we honor the life of this nonviolent warrior who embodied the very spirit of Christ and showed us we have the power to resist evil and vitriol with the force of love and truth. We are eternally grateful, oh god that we lived among us for four score years and demonstrated on that bridge that physical force is no match for soul force. Grant us the capacity to follow his example to fight injustice without bitterness and hostility, but with a righteous indignation. Oh, god as Elijah asked for, and Elijah's anointing as he transition, let a portion of what John Lewis' life was about fall on us in this hour so that we can continue to get in good trouble. Anoint us with the double portion in this generation to [11:25:07 AM] get into good trouble until there is radical reform in policing in our nation. (11:25:07) Anoint us a double portion to get into good trouble until voter suppression is no longer apart of our body politic. Anoint us with the double portion to get into trouble until there is an equitable wage. Anoint us to get into good trouble until all labor is treated with dignity. Grant us oh father to get us into good trouble until the school, the prison pipeline is nonexistent and every child gets an equitable education. Dear god, grant us to get into good trouble until white supremacy around the world is uprooted in all of our policies and everyday practices no longer reflect white supremacy. Grant us a double portion, god, [11:26:08 AM] to get into good trouble until this nation truly becomes a compassionate nation because as daddy reminded us ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. Grant us, god, a double portion of anointing to get into good trouble until black bodies are no longer a threat in this world, and black lives have equitable representation, power and influence in every arena. Grant us finally, father god, that a double portion to get into good trouble until love becomes the way we live, the way we lead, the way we legislate, and until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness [11:27:10 AM] like a mighty stream. Thank you, oh god for this great man who lived among us who now joins the great cloud of freedom fighters, and lord we thank you for his life and his legacy, and we will continue to get into good trouble as long as you grant us the breadth to do so. It is the majestic in the mighty name Jesus the Christ that I do pray, and all of the people of god said together, amen. >> All: Amen. >> Dr. Bernice king invoking her father Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. On the causes of John Lewis' life. And now we will hear from Jennifer Holliday, only what you do from Christ will last. ?? [11:28:27 AM] ?? ?? ?? ? you may build great cathedrals ? ? large or small ? ? you may build skyscrapers, [11:29:29 AM] grand and tall ? ? you may conquer all the failures of your past ? ? oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? ? you may think earthly power, [11:30:32 AM] wealth and fame ? ? and the world might be impressed by your great name ? ? some glories of this life will all soon be pass ? ? oh, oh, oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? [11:31:37 AM] ? remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? remember only, only, only, only what you do, yeah ? ? for Christ will last ? ? oh, only what you do it will counted ? ? in only what you do for Christ [11:32:43 AM] will last ? ? oh, remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, remember, what you do, only what you do for Christ will last ? ? only what, only what you do, what you do for Christ will be counted ? [11:33:49 AM] ? only what you, what you do for Christ, oh, it's going last ? ? oh, it's going to last, yeah ? ? oh, only what you do, what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, whoa, oh ? ? only what you do for Christ will last ?? ? yeah, only what you do, only [11:34:53 AM] what you do ?? [ applause ] >> Jennifer Holliday. Now the poem invictus, one of John Lewis' favorites, will be read by a young man named tyber Faw. >> Out of the night that covers me, black as a pit from pole to to pole, I think whatever god may be for my inconquerable soul. I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chants, my head is bloodied, but I'm bowed. Beyond this place of breath and tears, looms but the horror of [11:35:53 AM] the shade, and yet menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gay, how charged with punishment the scroll, I'm the master of my fate. I'm the captor of my soul. John Lewis was my hero, my friend, let's honor him by getting in good trouble. [ Applause ] >> Seven hours. He was greeted with a hug and kindness and friendship. >> Only the inconquerable spirit and the magnanimous soul of John Lewis could summon all of us together in this place at this [11:36:57 AM] time. Only John Lewis could compel three living American presidents to come to this house of god. [ Applause ] To celebrate his life. We are grateful that all of them are here. The honorable George W. Bush. [ Applause ] Who was president the last time we authorized the voting rights act. [ Applause ] The honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] [11:38:09 AM] And in just a little while, we'll hear from the honorable Barack Obama. [ Applause ] But the program will proceed as printed. President bush, president Clinton, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, and -- [ applause ] -- And another living saint among us, teacher and activist the reverend James Lawson. [ Applause ] [11:39:14 AM] >> Good morning. >> All: Good morning. >> Distinguished guests, John miles, Lewis family and friends, lord, I thank you for inviting us to be here today. John's story began on a tiny farm in Troy, Alabama, a place so small he said you could barely find it on the map. Why not talk to chickens? I did a little research. Every morning he would rise before the sun to tend to the flock of chickens. He loved those chickens. Already called to be a minister who took care of others, John fed them and tended to their every need, even their spiritual ones for John baptized them. He married them and he preached to them. When his parents claimed one for [11:40:18 AM] family supper, genre fused to eat one of his flock. Going hungry was his first act of nonviolent protest. He also noted in later years that his first congregation of chickens listened to him more closely than some of his colleagues in congress. John also thought that chickens were just a little more productive, at least they produced eggs, he said. From Troy to Nashville to the March on Washington, to Selma, John Lewis always looked outward, not inward. He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospel in word and indeed, [11:41:18 AM] insisting the word of hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope. John Lewis believed in the lord. He believed in humanity, and he believed in America. He's been called an American saint, a believer willing to give up everything. Even life itself to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life. That we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony, dignity and love, and the first crucial step on that journey was the recognition that all people are born in the image of god and carry a spark of the divine within them. Laura and I were privileged to see that spark in John up close. We worked with him to bring the national museum of African-American history and culture to the Washington mall. He was part of the Emmett till [11:42:21 AM] crimes act where justice had been too long denied. We will never forget joining him in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of his March across the Edmund Pettus bridge where we got to watch president Barack Obama thank John as one of his heroes. [ Applause ] There's a story in the old scriptures that meant a lot to John. In the hebrew bible, the lord is looking for a prophet. Whom shall I send, god wonders, and who will go for us? Isaiah answers, here am I. Send me. John Lewis heard that call a long time ago in segregated Alabama, and he took up the work of the lord through all his days. His lesson for us is that we all must keep ourselves open to the [11:43:21 AM] hearing -- open to hearing the call of love, the call of service and the call to sack -- sacrifice for others. Listen, (11:43:25) John and I had our disagreements of course, but in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action. [ Applause ] We the people including congressmen and presidents can have differing views on how to perfect our union while sharing the conviction that our nation however flawed is at heart a good and noble one. We live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis, and his abiding faith in the power of god, in the power [11:44:23 AM] of democracy and in the power of love to lift us all to a higher ground. The story that began in Troy isn't ending here today, nor is the work. (11:44:30) John Lewis lives forever in his father's house, and he will live forever in the hearts of Americans who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their god. May the flights of angels see John Lewis to his rest and may god bless the country he loved. [ Applause ] >> President George W. Bush said he had his differences with John Lewis. He also said he shared patriot with him. [11:45:26 AM] Now president William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] >> Thank you very much. First I thank John miles and the Lewis family and John's incomparable staff for a chance to say a few words about a man I loved for a long time. I am grateful in ebenezer, a [11:46:29 AM] holy place sanctified by both the faith and the works of those who worshipped here. I thank my friend reverend Bernice king who stood by my side and gave a fascinating sermon in one of the most challenging periods of my life. I thank president bush, president Obama, speaker Pelosi and representative Hoyer and representative Clyburn who I really thank for with the stroke of a hand, ending an intrafamily fight within our party, proving that peace is needed by everyone. [11:47:29 AM] Madam mayor, thank you. You have faced more than a fair share of challenges in these last few months, and you have faced them with candor and dignity and honor, and I thank you for that. [ Applause ] I must say for a fellow that got his start speaking to chickens, John's gotten a pretty finely organized and orchestrated and deeply deserved sendoff this last week. His homegoing has been something to behold. . [ Applause ] [11:48:30 AM] I think it's important that all of us who loved him remember that he was after all, a human being. A man like all other humans born with strengths that he made the most of when many don't. Born with weaknesses that he worked hard to beat down when many can't, but still a person. It made him more interesting, and it made him in my mind, even greater. 20 years ago we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Selma March, and we talked together along with Coretta and many others from the movement who are no longer with us. [11:49:32 AM] We are grateful for Andy young and reverend Jackson and Diane Nash and many others who survive, but on that day, I got him to replay for me a story he told me when we first met back in the 1970s. I said, you know, I was just an aspiring whatever southern politician and had been elected governor, and he was already a legend. So I said, John, what's the closest you ever actually came getting killed to doing this? He said, well, once we were in a demonstration and I got knocked out on the ground and people were getting beat up pretty bad and I looked up and there was a man hold a long, heavy piece of pipe and he lifted it and was clearly going to bring it right down into my skull, and at the [11:50:33 AM] very last second, I turned my neck away and then the crowd pushed him a little bit. A couple of seconds later, I couldn't believe it. I was still alive. I think it's important to remember that. First because he was a quick thinker, and secondly because he was here on a mission that was bigger than personal ambition. Things like that sometimes just happen, but usually they don't. I think three things happened to John Lewis long before we met and became friends that made him who he was. First the famous story of John with his cousins and siblings holding his aunt's hand, more [11:51:33 AM] than a dozen of them running around in their little old wooden house as the wind threatened to blow the house off its moorings. Going to the place where the house was rising and all those tiny bodies trying to weigh it down. I think he learned something about the power of working together, something that was more powerful than any instruction. Second, nearly 20 years later when he was 23, the youngest speaker and the last speaker at the March on Washington. When he gave a great speech urging to take to the streets across the south to seize the chance to finally end racism, and he listened to people that he knew had the same goals. [11:52:36 AM] Say, well, we have to be careful how we say this because we're trying to get converts, not more adversaries. Just three years later, he lost the leadership to Stokely Carmichael because he said, you know, I really -- I think it was a pretty good job for a guy that young, and he come from Troy, Alabama. It must have been painful to lose, but he showed as a young man there are some things that you cannot do to hang on to a position because if you do them, you won't be who you are anymore, and I say there were two or three years there where the movement went a little bit too far towards Stokely, but in [11:53:36 AM] the end, John Lewis prevailed. We are here today because he had the kind of character he showed when he lost an election. [ Applause ] And there was bloody Sunday. He figured he might get arrested, and this was really important not to, for all the reps citing things we all believe about John Lewis. We had a really good mind and he was always trying to figure out how can I make the most of every single moment. So he was getting ready to March from Selma to Montgomery. He wants to get across the bridge. What do we remember? [11:54:38 AM] He made quite a strange figure. He had a trench coat and a backpack. Now young people probably think it's no big deal, but there weren't that many backpacks back then, and you never saw anybody in a trench coat looking halfway dressed up with a backpack. But John put an apple, an Orange, a toothbrush, toothpaste in the backpack to take care of his body because he figured he would get arrested. And two books. One, a book on America's political tradition to feed his mind, and one, the autobiography of Thomas Merten, a roman-catholic monk who was the son of artists making an [11:55:38 AM] astonishing personal transformation. A young guy about to get his brains beat out and planning on going to prison. He's taking that. I think he figured if Thomas Merten could find his way and keep his faith and believe in the future, he, John Lewis could too. [ Applause ] And -- so we honor our friend for his faith and for living his faith which the scripture says is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things unseen. (11:56:18) John Lewis was a walking rebuke to people who thought well, we ain't there yet. We have been working a long time. Isn't it time to bag it? He kept moving. He hoped for and imagined and lived and worked and moved for his beloved community. He took a savage beating on more than one day, and he lost that backpack on bloody Sunday. Nobody ever knows what happened to it. Maybe someday someone will be stricken with conscience and give some of it back, but what it represented never disappeared from John Lewis' spirit. We honor that memory today because as a child, he learned to walk with the wind, to March with others to save a tiny house. Because as a young man he challenged others to join him with love and dignity to hold America's house down and open the doors of America to all its [11:57:41 AM] people. (11:57:36) We honor him because in Selma on the third attempt, John and his comrades showed that sometimes you have to walk into the wind along with with it. As he crossed the bridge and marched into Montgomery, but no matter what, John always kept walking to reach the beloved community. He got into a lot of good trouble along the way, but let's not forget he also developed an absolutely uncanny ability to heal troubled waters. When he could have been angry and determined to cancel his adversaries, he tried to get converts instead. He thought the open hand was better than the clenched fist. He lived by the faith and [11:58:44 AM] promise of St. Paul. Let us not grow weary in doing good for a new season we will reap if we do not lose heart. He never lost heart. He fought the good fight. He kept the faith, but we got our last letter today on the pages of "The New York Times." Keep moving. It is so fitting, on the day of his service. He leaves us, our marching quarters. Keep moving. 20 years ago when I came here after the Selma March to a big dinner honoring John and Lillian and John miles, you had a big afro, and it was really pretty. And your daddy was giving you grief about it and I said, John, let's don't get old too soon. I mean, if I had hair like that, [11:59:46 AM] I would have it down to my shoulders. But on that night, I was almost out of time and people were -- to be president, and people were asking me, well, if you could do one more thing, what would it be? What do youbecause I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was [12:00:48 PM] that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of [12:01:49 PM] us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. ------------ O you because I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. [12:01:05 PM] With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. I'm so grateful that he stayed true to form. [12:02:06 PM] He's gone up yonder and left us with marching orders. I suggest, since he's close enough to god to keep his eye on the sparrow and us, we salute, suit up and March on. [ Applause ] >> Former president Bill Clinton has known John Lewis since the 1970s. The house speaker Nancy Pelosi who served in the congress with John Lewis since the 1980s. NANCY PELOSI >> Good day. I'm not sure morning, afternoon, whatever it is. It's an honor to be here with each and every one of you. Reverend, thank you for enabling [12:03:08 PM] us all to be here to honor and celebrate the life of John Lewis with three presidents of the United States. Isn't that exciting? President Clinton, president bush and soon president Obama here with us. On behalf of my colleagues as speaker of the house I'm pleased to bring greetings to each and everyone of you. I'm sad to bring condolences to the family. John, miles, the entire Lewis family, thank you for sharing John Lewis with us. I'm pleased to be here with so many members, 50, we would have had more except coronavirus prevented the church from allowing us to bring more. I hope they'll all stand. Members of the house of representatives. [ Applause ] Senators Harris and booker who [12:04:10 PM] are with us as well. [ Applause ] Among them Mr. Hoyer, served with John Lewis for over 30 years, over 30 years. [ Applause ] In our group we have senior members and we have members of our freshmen class. John convinced each one of us that we were his best friend in congress. We come with a flag flown over the capitol the night that John passed. When this flag flew there, it said good-bye. It waved good-bye to John, our friend, our mentor, our colleague, this beautiful man that we all had the privilege of [12:05:12 PM] serving with in the congress of the United States. So, again, we all bring our condolences to the family, to Michael Collins and John's staff who meant so very much to him. Thank you for your service to John Lewis. [ Applause ] There are many things we're grateful to the family for and the staff for and we commend them for, but let's acknowledge the stamina they've had to keep up with John, even as he passed on from Troy to Selma to Montgomery to Washington and now to Atlanta to be at rest. When John Lewis served with us, he wanted us to see the civil [12:06:14 PM] rights movement and the rest through his eyes. He told us so many stories. He taught us so much. He took us to Selma for two decades, Mr. President, he took us to Selma. You referenced 25 years. Some of us were there many times, including the 50th anniversary where president bush was, as well as president Obama. He wanted us to see how important it was, how important it was to understand the spirit of nonviolence. I hesitate to speak about nonviolence in the presence of the master himself, reverend Lawson who we'll be hearing from shortly. We were together just recently in Selma when he and John spoke in church. He taught the world really about nonviolence. I just want to say this, the [12:07:16 PM] word -- is a word that means in sand script two things. It means nonviolence and it means insistence on the truth. That is what John Lewis was all about. Nonviolently insisting on the truth. He insisted on the truth in national, in Selma, in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln memorial. He insisted on the truth wherever he went. He insisted on the truth in the congress of the United States. Every time he stood up to speak we knew that he was going to take us to a higher place of our understanding, of our responsibilities and what our opportunities were. He insisted no matter how, shall we say offended someone might be, that he would insist on the truth. What he said -- "In my life I [12:08:18 PM] have done all I can to demonstrate the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn," he says in this article "To let freedom ring." He always talked about truth marching on. He always worked for a more perfect union. *Pelosi Chokes Up* (12:08:37) Over the fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with John and I brought him this flag pin that I wear, one just like it. Why I did so on that fourth of July weekend was because it is engraved with something that says one country, one destiny. Now wasn't that what John Lewis was all about? One country, one destiny. I mention it because this was [12:09:23 PM] sewn into the lining of Abraham Lincoln's coat that he had on the night he left us. I think he had the coat on all the time, but also that night. John Lewis and Abraham Lincoln had so much in common. John -- we got to know him first and foremost in front of the Lincoln memorial when he made that beautiful, beautiful speech. John lay in state under the rotunda of the capitol, under the dome of the capitol on a platform that was made in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln. [ Applause ] Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis. [12:10:26 PM] So, they had lots of connections. By the way, just incidentally, they were both wonderful and spiritual and saintly, but they were both very good politicians. Think of John Lewis that way. You will know that. He always was about a more perfect union. And he was always about young people. That's why, Mr. President, that article you referenced in the "New York Times" today, his message that would be delivered at this time as he left us was about young people. He says to them "Together you can redeem the world," together. One nation, one destiny. He says in the article "Answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe in." Wasn't that just like John? [12:11:28 PM] We were very proud to have his voice in the rotunda speaking about all that he cared about and believed in in such a beautiful way starting in Troy. I started my remarks by talking about the flag that waved over the capitol to say good-bye to John as he began his passage. But what I want you to know, in addition to how revered he is in the congress, so revered that he was a bit mischievous. When he would say let's make some good trouble, he always had a twinkle in his eye. When he cooked up having the sit-in to get the Republican leadership to put the gun violence about on the floor, the floor was covered with people [12:12:29 PM] and it was thought for a moment the police might -- it was disruptive, good trouble. It was clear to them that if they were to arrest John Lewis for doing that, they were going to have to arrest the entire house democratic caucus. [ Applause ] When he spoke, people listened. When he led, people followed. We loved him very much. As his official family, we mourn him greatly. He shared so much of his love for his district, his family. The sadness when Lillian was sick, the joy he had in John and miles. As I said, we wave good-bye to this person, our leader, our friend, this, shall we say, [12:13:29 PM] humorous -- he loved to dance. He loved to make us laugh. Sometimes while he was dancing. He said my grand daughter Bella said to him did you ever sing in the civil rights movement? He said they asked me to sing solo one time. So low so nobody could hear me. Getting back to that flag waving good-bye to this person we just loved, officially, personally, in every way, politically too. The last night he was at the capitol it wasn't raining. Thousands of people were showing up to pay their respects. Little bit after 8:00 there was a double rainbow, a double rainbow. But it hadn't rained. It was a double rainbow over the casket. For us it was -- we waved [12:14:29 PM] good-bye when he started to leave us. He was telling us -- he was telling us I'm home in heaven. I'm home in heaven with Lillian. (12:14:38) We always knew he worked on the side of the angels and now he is with them. May he rest in peace. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, remembering with tears her friend John Lewis. The man she called the master of nonviolence. The man who mentored John Lewis, his friend James Lawson. [12:15:46 PM] 91 years old. He believed nonviolence would work in the civil rights era. [ Applause ] >> Thank you. Pastor, sisters and brothers, members of this Lewis family that is so wonderfully nurtured in love, hope, courage and faith and the rest of it. Sisters and brothers, a Polish [12:16:50 PM] catholic poet sets the tone at least in part for me as John Lewis has journeyed from the eternity of this extraordinary, mysterious human race into the eternity that none of us know very much about. When he wrote this poem called "Meaning" -- when I die, I will see the lining of the world, the other side beyond bird, mountain and sunset. The true meaning ready to be decoded, what never added up will now add up. What was incomprehensible will become comprehended. [12:17:53 PM] And, if there is no lining to the world, if a thrush on a branch is not a sign, but just a thrush on a branch. If night and day make no sense following each other and on this Earth there is nothing but the Earth. Even if that is so, there will remain a word wakened by the lips that perish, a tireless messenger who runs and runs through interstellar places, through revolving galaxies and calls out and protests and screams. I submit that John in that other eternity will be heard by us [12:18:54 PM] again and again running through the galaxies, still proclaiming that we the people of the usa can one day live up to the full meaning of we live these truths, live up to the meaning that we the people of the usa in order to perfect a more perfect union. John Lewis practiced not the politics that we call bipartisan. John Lewis practiced the politics that we the people of the U.S. Need more desperately than ever before, the politics of the declaration of Independence, the politics of the preamble to the constitution of the United States. [12:20:03 PM] I've read many of the so-called civil rights books of the last 50 or 60 years about the period between 1953 and 1973. Most of the books are wrong about John Lewis. Most of the books are wrong about how John got engaged in the national campaign of 1959 and '60. This is the 60th year of the sit-in campaign which swept into every state of the union, largely manned by students because we recruited students, but put on the map that the nonviolent struggle begun in Montgomery, Alabama. It was not an accident, but as [12:21:04 PM] martin king Jr. Called it, Christian love has power that we have never tapped and if we use it, we can transform not only our own lives but we'll transform the Earth in which we live. I counted as I moved to Nashville, Tennessee dropping out of graduate school in Nashville came people like Kelly Smith, Helen Roberts and John Lewis and Diane Nash, C.T. Vivian, Marion berry, Jim bevel, John Lafayette, Paulina knight, Angela butler. How all of us gathered in 1958 [12:22:07 PM] and '59, '60, '61 in the same city and same time, we did not plan it. We were all led there. When Kelly Miller Smith and the national Christian leadership council met in the fall of 1958 and we determined that if there's to be a second major campaign that will demonstrate the efficacy of soul force, of love truth, that we would have to do it in Nashville. So I planned as the strategist and organizer a four-point ghandi program to complete the [12:23:07 PM] campaign. We decided with great fear and anticipation we would desegregate downtown Nashville. No people anywhere else in the United States against a segregated system ever thought about desegregating downtown, tearing down the signs, renovating the waiting rooms, taking the immoral signs off drinking fountains. It was black women who made that decision for us in Nashville. I was scared to death when we made that decision. I knew nothing about how we were going to do this. I had never done it before. But we planned the strategy. [12:24:08 PM] John Lewis did not stumble in on that campaign. Kelly Miller Smith, his teacher at ABC, invited John to join the workshops in the fall of 1959 as we prepared ourselves to face violence and to do direct action and to put on the map the issue that the racism and the segregation of the nation had to end. So on the 60th anniversary of that sit-in campaign, which became the second major campaign of the nonviolent movement of America, those are not my words. John Lewis called what we did between 1953 and 1973 the nonviolent movement of America, not the crm. I think we need to get the story [12:25:08 PM] straight because words are powerful. History must be written in such a fashion that it lifts up truly the spirit of the John lewises of the world. [ Applause ] That's why I've chosen just to say a few words about it. Kelly Miller Smith invited John Lewis. I met a fifth student who told me about a student from Chicago who wanted to do something about those vicious signs. I said invite Diane Nash to the workshop in September because we're going to do something about those signs. I pushed this hard. Now John Lewis had no choice in the matter. You should understand that. [12:26:08 PM] Because all the stories we've heard this morning of John becoming a preacher, preaching to the chickens and other sorts of things, becoming ordained as a Baptist minister, something else was happening to John in those early years. John saw the malignancy of racism in Troy, Alabama. There formed in him a sensibility that he had to do something about it. He did not know what that was, but he was convinced he was called to do whatever he could do, get in good trouble, but [12:27:08 PM] stop the horror that so many folks lived through and in in this country in that part of the 20th century. John was not alone. Martin king had the same experience as a boy. I had the same experience from age 4 in the streets of maisland, Ohio. Matthew Mccullough a man whose name you don't know had the same experience. C.T. Vivian had the same experience. I maintain many of us had no choice to do, but we tried to do primarily because at an early age we recognized the wrong under which we were forced to live and we swore to god that by god's grace we would do whatever god called us to do in order to put on the table of the nation's [12:28:12 PM] agenda this must end. Black lives matter. [ Applause ] So between 1953 and 1973 we had major campaigns year after year. Thousands of demonstrations across the nation that supported it. We had folk in the congress, folk in the white house, folk scattered across the united States that were beginning to formulate the solutions for change. The media makes a mistake when John is seen only in relationship to the voting rights bill of '65. However important that is, you must remember that in the '60s Lyndon Johnson and the congress of the United States passed the most advanced legislation on behalf of we the people of the [12:29:14 PM] United States that was ever passed. Head start, billions of dollars for housing. We would not be in the struggle we are today in housing if president Reagan hadn't cut that billions of dollars for housing. Local churches and local nonprofits could build affordable housing in their own communities being sustained as finance by loans from the federal government. We passed medicare. We passed anti-poverty programs, civil rights bill '64, '65, voting rights bills, a whole array. (12:30:00) John Lewis must be understood as one of the leaders of the greatest advance of congress and the white house on behalf of we [12:30:15 PM] the people of the usa. [ Applause ] We do not need bipartisan politics if we're going to celebrate the life of John Lewis. We need the constitution to come alive. We hold these truths to be self-evident. We need the congress and the president to work unfaltering on behalf of every boy and every girl so every baby born on these shores will have access to the tree of life. That's the only way to honor John Robert Lewis. No other way. Let all of us in this service today, let all the people of the [12:31:17 PM] usa determine that we will not be quiet as long as any child dies in the first year of life in the United States. We will not be quiet as long as the largest poverty group in our nation are women and children. We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of human kind. We will not be quiet as long as our economy is shaped, not by freedom, but by plantation capitalism that continues to cause domination and control rather than access and liberty and equality for all. The forces of spiritual wickedness are strong in our [12:32:17 PM] land because of our history. We have not created them. John Lewis did not create them. We inherited them, but it's our task to see those spiritual forces -- I've named them. Racism, sexism, violence, plantation capitalism. Those poison and dominate far too many of us in many different ways. John's life was a singular journey from birth through the campaigns in the south and through congress to get us to see that these forces of wickedness must be resisted. Do not let our own hearts drink any of that poison. [12:33:19 PM] Instead, drink the truth of the life force. If we would honor and celebrate John Lewis' life, let us then use our souls, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our strength to the continuing journey to dismantle the wrong in our midst and to allow a space for the new Earth and new heaven to emerge. I close with this poem from Langston Hughes which is a kind of sign and symbol of what John Lewis represents and what we too can represent in our continuing [12:34:21 PM] journey. Langston Hughes. I dream a world where no human, no other human will scorn, where love will bless the Earth and test its path. I dream a dream where all will know sweet freedom's way, where greed no longer SAPs the soul, nor blights or day. A world I dream where black and white and yellow and blue and green and red and brown, whatever your race may be, will share the bounties of the Earth and every woman, man, boy and [12:35:23 PM] girl is free. Where wretchedness hangs its head and joy like a pearl attends the need of all human kind. Such a world I dream. Celebrate life. Dream and labor for an Atlanta, Los Angeles, United States and a world, that is to celebrate the spirit and the heart and the mind and soul of John Lewis and to walk with him through the galaxies seeking equality, liberty, justice and the beloved community for all. Thank you. [12:36:25 PM] [ Applause ] >> What a mind, what power from James Lawson, honoring the mind, spirit and soul of John Lewis. 91 years old. Pastor Warnick. >> Three living presidents with [12:37:26 PM] us today. We have heard from yet another. To the friends and family of congressman John Lewis, Rosalyn joins me in sending our condolences. Throughout his remarkable life John has been a blessing to countless people and we are proud to be among those whose lives he has touched. While his achievements are enjoyed by all Americans, we Georgians know him as our neighbor, friend and representative. His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Jimmy Carter. [12:38:31 PM] [ Applause ] >> Another musical selection from Kathleen Bertran, "If I can help somebody." ?? ?? ? if I can help somebody as I pass along ? ? if I can cheer somebody with a [12:39:35 PM] word or a song ? ? if I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:40:39 PM] ? yes, my living shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody as I pass along ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:41:43 PM] ? oh, if I can do my duty as a Christian ? ? if I can bring that beauty in a world of god ? ? if I could share love's message like the master taught ? ? then my living shall not be in [12:42:52 PM] vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? yes, my living, yes, it shall not, shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody, if I could help somebody as I pass [12:43:53 PM] along ? ? then my living, it shall not, then my living, it shall not, then his living, yes, shall not, hallelujah, his living, his living shall not, then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:45:04 PM] ? his living shall not be in vain ? [ applause ] >> Kathleen Bertrand. The next speaker, the founder of the trumpet foundation, long supported by John Lewis. First hugs we've seen today. >> I want to first call [12:46:06 PM] attention to the excellent job the media has done to inform us of John Lewis. Hasn't the media been tremendous in keeping us informed? [ Applause ] I've never seen such coverage, but John deserved it. I want to talk a moment in my presentation on John before he became famous. I met John when I came too Atlanta. Lillian miles and I came to Atlanta on the same day. She came to work for Atlanta university and I came to work for martin Luther king Jr. In the southern leadership [12:47:07 PM] conference. That's when I met John. Saw him all the time. We were all involved in the same quest for equity and justice in this America. I got a chance to see him all the time. I admired his fervor and all his tenacity. Lillian was single. So I decided that Lillian needed a good man, not just the bums who were approaching her. She was highly intellectual, well-travelled, well-educated and I wanted her to have someone who really would appreciate her skills and her talent. So I looked around and decided that I liked John. Lillian didn't like John particularly. So she thought he was kind of slow. I said, but, Lillian, he's busy. [12:48:11 PM] He's fighting the evils of the world and she said, yes, but. Well I decided, girl, listen, this boy is going places. Let's see what he can do to get this thing moving. So we decided -- well, I did, as her friend. That's what you do for friends. You have to help them out. So John had to go to the hospital for an examination and I said, oh, Lillian, this will be a good moment for us to be Florence nightingale. We went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of flowers and took it to the hospital. I said he'll be impressed because he was a little slow too. I said we'll go to the hospital and that would just impress him, that he will notice you more because you're bringing him flowers while he's in the [12:49:12 PM] hospital. Well, we got in the hospital. There was a young woman already there and she was stretching out his pillow and adjusting his comfort. Then Lillian said, oh, shoot. I said I already asked John, John, do you have a young woman you're especially interested in? He said, well, not really. I said that's not the answer I'm looking for. I want a more definitive answer because I got some things in mind. Well, you know John, was slow about -- well, not really. I decided on new year's eve, Lillian was single, as I said, and didn't have any plans. I said I'll have a dinner party and invite the two of them and maybe that will give us a chance. I was known as one who gave big [12:50:12 PM] parties. Lillian thought I was having a big party. John thought I was having a big party. When they got to my house, there was only room for three of us. The two of them and me. So now we're discussing the world and I'm hoping that they're going to get a little closer and closer. Well, when John didn't have a date on new year's eve, I knew he didn't have a commitment. Everybody has a date on new year's eve with somebody. I figured I'm ahead of the game. It's new year's eve, I got him. Then things started to happen. Still slowly, not fast enough for me, but I was patient. Finally Lillian said I do like him. I said, okay, I'm ready now. I'll set a date. Got her a dress ready. We're going to have a wedding. [12:51:14 PM] I'm not really sure -- I asked John not too long ago, did we ever ask her if you would take her? I don't think I gave him an opportunity to propose. We just had a wedding. [ Applause ] And so now it looks like things are going to be okay. We had a big wedding. I did all the planning because Lillian was still slow. I did all the planning. All the family came. We had a wedding. Now things were doing okay. She said, you know, I don't like the idea of that girl. Looks like she had some designs on John. I said, honey, don't run away from competition. We can handle competition. We'll get rid of that girl so fast she won't know what happened to her. And we did. [12:52:15 PM] And they got married. Well, I want you to know they were very happy, but when she found out -- Lillian as I said well-travelled, well-educated, but she didn't like politics. But, when John expressed an interest, Lillian got in there and became his strongest supporter. I mean, she did everything, everything to make his successes work for him and they did. Well, then John miles came along. He was the cutest little boy. Then she said -- they gave me the honor of being his godmother. I said, oh, that's nice. I heard of godmothers before. [12:53:16 PM] What does a godmother do? She said if something happens to me and John, we want you to take care of him. I said I got to feed him? John miles could eat as a kid. I said I got to feed him every day? They said yes. Then spank him when he acts up. Well, I agreed to that. John miles, do you mind, stand up? Stand up, John miles. That's John miles there now. Now, wait a minute. Take a good look at John miles. I'm 4'11". I'm almost 90 years old. There he is. I'm supposed to spank him when he doesn't do right? Now, when I walk up to John miles to give him a spanking, I got to get permission from him. [12:54:18 PM] Could I spank you? He's pretty big now. I loved John miles then and I love John miles now. I will take care of you and spank you whether you like it or not. [ Applause ] Lillian and John stayed married. I put it together, but it lasted 43 years. That's not a bad record, is it? They were happy and Lillian gave him every support a wife could ever give a partner. They gave love to John miles in the process. John was an unusual individual. Ambassador young sitting over [12:55:20 PM] here. We all loved him all the time. His sincerity was apparent. He worked hard and he said that he wasn't going to stop. I don't need to tell you anything about John. All of you knew him. All of you know his fervor and his commitment to equity and the love he had for everybody. And I want us to look at the John we thought we knew, the John who convinced us we knew the real man because he was constant. I asked him one time, John, what in the world is bad trouble? I said, when I was a young girl, my sister and I every time we [12:56:26 PM] went on a date, have a good time, but don't get in trouble. We didn't know nothing else other than trouble isn't good. John said the good trouble is when your mother says don't get in trouble, find the ways to right the wrongs of our society. He did a pretty decent job of that. [ Applause ] During this week John was on television all day every day. I love young people. I had an opportunity -- people know I love young people. I was invited to speak to a group of kids. I said to them, as you're watching television, I want you to know that's not a public relations program you're watching. That's the story of a man who lived the life they're talking [12:57:28 PM] about. John made a decision on the kind of life he was going to live. I said to those young people, you have the responsibility of making your life have the meaning you want it to be. You can either decide to be the bank robber or the bank owner. It's your choice. The man you're seeing on television decided that his life was going to have a quality to it. Do as much as you can as long as you can as often as you can because that's what John Lewis did. We won't forget John. But I would want to tell you, don't sit here and listen to these praises. [12:58:29 PM] Don't forget what you read in the newspapers of how wonderful he was. Do something about the man he asked us to be in ourselves and that is be kind to everybody. Love everybody. Speak up and speak out. I don't need to tell you. You know what he said. What you can do, and I want to advise you and admonish you, to really give meaning to the John we love. Vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Talking about the love story of John Lewis and his work. William clay Campbell, the former mayor of the city of Atlanta. [12:59:47 PM] >> To John miles, presidents Clinton and Obama, speaker Pelosi, madam mayor, Romans 8:18 tells us for I consider the sufferings of the present time to not be worthy of the glory which shall be revealed to us. When I met John Lewis over 40 years ago, our lives intersected because in 1960 he came to my hometown, Raleigh, north Carolina to form snick at a small black college, Shaw university, where my father who was president of the naacp led nightly civil rights demonstrations. Again, in 1963 our lives [1:00:47 PM] intersected because my father returned from the March on Washington and he began raving about a speaker, young John Lewis, who electrified the crowd. So imagine when I finally met him in Atlanta in 1976 as a young law student, it was a transcendent moment like meeting an historical figure, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin who wrote the declaration of Independence, but here was someone who made a nation live up to those words along with martin king, C.T. Vivian. John had an integrity and a purity which was like a halo. Somehow this extended to everyone who was in his orbit, [1:01:52 PM] myself included. That's the reason the nation has paused from pandemic and protests and politics to bid him farewell today. Virtually every news organization has hailed John as a civil rights hero. John was a women's rights hero. A gay rights hero. A senior's rights hero. A worker's hero. John wasn't on the right side of history. History was on the right side of John Lewis. [ Applause ] In his spare time he introduced the legislation to create the African-American history museum and he fought the bigots in congress for 15 years. [1:02:53 PM] One of his proudest moments was standing at the dedication of that monumental structure four years ago. For those who wondered if perhaps his time had passed, with his body ravaged with cancer, so frail and fragile that he yielded to a cane in what he surely knew would be his last public appearance, he summoned the strength to walk to the middle of black lives plaza in Washington, D.C. To express his solidarity and support for the young protesters who had begun to change America as John Lewis did as a young man. They say that the victors write history. I declare today the history of the 20th century as it is written, John Lewis will stand beside ghandi, king and Mandela as one of the great freedom fighters of human kind. [ Applause ] [1:03:57 PM] While the nation mourns a great leader, I will miss a dear, loving and loyal friend who allowed me the extraordinary privilege to walk along beside of a living saint, St. Lewis. In the last days of his life when we both knew that death was imminent, I desperately wanted to tell John about how much he meant to me and the country. In a solemn moment he pulled me close and whispered everyone has to vote in November. It's the most important election ever. [ Applause ] I promised him with every fiber in my body I would tell everyone if you truly want to honor this humble hero, make sure you vote. [1:04:59 PM] First tells us when faith hope and love remain, the greatest of these is love. John Lewis was love. Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels carry thee. >> Former mayor of Atlanta, bill Campbell. Long-time friend of John Lewis with his last words. We'll now hear from Janelle Thompson who served as deputy chief of staff for the [1:06:11 PM] congressman. >> Good afternoon. I have on two masks because I have Mr. Lewis' voice in my head and he would say be particular. My name is jamella Thompson. On behalf of the staff I would like to thank John miles and the entire Lewis family for the honor and the privilege of sharing the congressman and Mrs. Lewis, who was his partner in life and in public service with generations of his staff for the last 33 years in the celebration of his life and legacy. The congressman would want me to tell you, as I like at you today in his favorite color, you look good. You look fresh. You look clean. You look beautiful. Thank you. We are honored to serve you. [1:07:11 PM] We were honored to serve him. We would also like to express our sincere and great appreciation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leader, the majority whip, the clerk of the house of representatives, the office of employee assistance, the congressional black caucus and all of your amazing staff for your patience and your guidance during this very difficult time. People always ask us what was it like to work for congressman Lewis. What was he like up close? What was he like in real life? It is too difficult to explain. Our answer was always the same. He's just as you may imagine, but better and that no day was ever the same. What you know about the [1:08:13 PM] congressman is true. He was a gentlemen. He was of the people and a peaceful soul. When he came into the office every day, he would greet every staffer, every intern with a good morning, sir, good morning, ma'am. He would end every successful speech, thank you young brother. Thank you sister. Thank you my child or my dear. As staff we felt it was our duty to maintain a space where the congressman could be completely and wholly himself. In college we say there's the freshman 15 you gain. In our office there was the John Lewis 20. He and Michael would bring in lunch and far too often dessert because some cake, pie or brownie would be calling out to them and they would want everyone to come together and sit down and share a meal. [1:09:15 PM] We were a little family, a little enclave. A lot of drama, a lot of fun, and so much love. He broke down those work barriers and welcomed our parents, our spouses, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and at the nephews into the circle. Sometimes the world got a little glimpse of our nest during these gatherings and certain videos may go viral. We were like a well-oiled machine when it came to policy and case work. Although we were like that in public, he enjoyed stirring things up in the office. You might call him a little bit of an instigator. [1:10:16 PM] He would get us in trouble with Michael, try and corner us with questions and stir things up. With time, you knew not to take the bait and you would learn to say, oh, no, congressman, you're not going to get me today. He would laugh. I think that's what I'm going to miss the most. I'm going to miss his laugh. Not the one you see on television, but the one where he would be sitting back shooting the wind and he would throw back his head and laugh from his heart, from his belly, from his soul. So many workers are often taught to be invisible. With Mr. Lewis he always saw you and made you feel special and worthy. Dr. King and Rosa parks spent time with him as a teenager and [1:11:16 PM] it changed the course of his life. I believe he spent every waking moment paying it forward. He could be absolutely exhausted, but still take one more picture, spend one more moment, especially with young people. This meant that we were always, always, always behind schedule. So the very first lesson in staffing of the congressman was to learn to operate on John Lewis time, which translates into late, but trusting that it would always work out. As he told everyone, he could out walk the entire staff. So our duty was to keep up. When it was time to move, we did. When it was time to be present and the congressman needed a little bit of quiet, we would try to create that space. [1:12:16 PM] He would slow down to appreciate and absorb the majesty of the moment for his own mental archives. Just as we tried to preserve the sanctity of his space, he allowed us to be our true and authentic selves. He found staff who were unique and represented a little bit of his personality and what he needed to compliment it. We made our ways to Mr. Lewis through random paths. Coincidences, strategies and for believers through divine intervention. He didn't hire based on a resume, but your energy, your passion and your potential. We were a group of musicians, air traffic controllers, photographers, dancers social workers, entertainers, artists, [1:13:17 PM] historians and every once in a while an actual lawyer or a political scientist. He got all into our business and was there in spirit, or in person, for the big moments. In the same way that he always took a call from Mrs. Lewis or John miles, he let us drop everything for a family emergency. Generations of children have fond memories of hanging out in his office as their parents worked nearby. He let us be ourselves, especially when it came to civic participation. He let us organize, protest, testify and always, always, [1:14:18 PM] always vote. We tried to absorb his energy and his lessons. To my knowledge, three staff served him for over 20 years. Ruth Burke, tiwari butler and first cousin Michael Collins. May you please stand. [ Applause ] There's a whole generation of staff right behind them at 19, 15, 17, 12, 14 years. Ruth Riley, Brenda Jones, [1:15:26 PM] Rochelle o'neil. Linda chasetain. Although some of you and some people moved on, you couldn't really because his spirit was in you forever. His voice was always in our head. Be kind, be mindful, be particular. Make it plain. Make it simple. Make it sing. Working for him was a little bit of a nightmare sometimes because no matter how hard we worked, he always worked harder. Every single day he woke up at the crack of dawn, watched the news and read the newspapers. His memory was like a living [1:16:32 PM] which means he forgot nothing. He expected us to be informed with facts from primary sources, not hearsay. He would ask what constituents were calling and writing about and add that information to his endless archives. You learned the hard way or the subtle way because he was not direct. When he asked you a question, he usually knew the answer. He wanted to see whether or not you could represent him and his constituents. When preparing for a big vote or a big speech, he would drop a subtle hint. Have you read this poem, this speech, a book, some scripture? Do you remember this painting? Then he would say let's come back and talk about it later on. This little hint would prepare you for the aftermath of those [1:17:34 PM] executive sessions he had with himself. After those sessions we would learn how and in which direction the spirit moved him. Then we would have our marching orders. He would take the essence of a complicated policy and make it accessible and real to the people. The congressman loved serving on the ways and means committee. He always showed up. He hated to miss votes on the floor. Let me say that again. He could not stand to miss votes. The voice messages I have from him about the votes that he was about to miss are still on my phone to this day. This is the reason why we are so thankful that congressman kilde and his staff were willing to serve and help us cast these ballots during this pandemic and [1:18:36 PM] to serve as his proxy. The congressman would walk the halls, or sit in committee, or sit in the office and he loved the beauty of the house of representatives. He loved the closeness to the people and the complicated status of our nation. Every visitor our office received a full dose of southern hospitality, the offer of a Georgia coke, some peanuts, a brief tour of his office and some time on our beloved balcony with its stunning view of the capitol. While he loved his country, the record should be clear on his immense pride in representing Georgia's fifth congressional district. He was so proud to represent metro Atlanta and all of its cities, all its counties and all its people. He was on a mission to serve, to make them feel heard, respected [1:19:37 PM] and represented regardless of where they fell on the political spectrum. The constituents were a compass and congressman Lewis worked around the clock to find solutions to their challenges. When it came to public service and public policy, his name did not need to be on the headlines or on the frontlines. It was the action and the results that mattered. Not every problem needs a bill. He could always find compromise without compromising his values or his principles when the challenge presented itself. He played the long game and he knew every trick in the book and he expected the staff to fight in a nonviolent manner for the people. When constituents were concerned [1:20:37 PM] about the rights of soviet jewelry, he took action. When faced with equality in health services he advanced changes to reduce the cost for life-saving care. Especially for the issues that affected communities of color like kidney disease and COPD. When workers faced pension issues, he found ways to give them security. When families were separated by immigration policies, he worked around the clock to reunite them. When people couldn't get their social security checks, he fought to make that happen. When tax payers were struck and struggled with an outdate bureaucracy of the irs he worked to modernize the entire agency. When he heard from frustrated veterans, he fought for their respect, their earned benefits and their care. When he saw an alarming increase in abusive relationships, he [1:21:38 PM] developed strategies to stop the cycle before it began. When some tried to eliminate the U.S. Institute of peace, he found a way to keep that building and the prospect and the hope of peace still alive. When he was worried about the state of our globe for generations yet unborn, he introduced the environmental justice act. When looking at the rights of marginalized communities around the world, he worked to diversify the face of our diplomacy and insert empathy and standards to our global policies. When people complained about I am moveable lines to vote he co-wrote the voters act. The list is too long to recognize his legislative policies and success and impact he has on people around the world. As we sit in this historic space [1:22:38 PM] and as you drive-through metro Atlanta and you feel the greatness of his legacy, historic preservation and civic education, I ask that you hold that in your heart and your soul and your spirit. He felt that we needed to know and study our history to make sure that we never repeated it. He was both human and divine. It's so difficult to explain the magnitude, the genius, the gentle grace of this man. I would ask at this moment for the staff to take a stand please so that you can see and know just a sample of who we are. [ Applause ] Former staff. [1:23:47 PM] Thank you. A few years ago we had a reunion. We realized there aren't that many staff. We have a lot of interns and fellows, but the congressman held us close. I don't think there are many offices where you have the opportunity to hold your boss' hand and adjust his tie and tell every person that you loved them. He created this space. He created this family. As a staff, we are heart broken. We are lost. We know that the work continues, the fight remains. We cannot, we must not get lost in the sea of despair. So, if asked how you may honor the congressman, I will echo the words of the greats who stood here before. You can make sure that his work, his sacrifice, his message lives on and that there are actions that every person can do [1:24:48 PM] regardless of their age or station in life. Be kind. Be mindful. Recognize the dignity and the worth of every human being. Be the best version of yourself. Be informed. Stay engaged. Even though the work is hard. If you are of age and eligible, for the love of god, please vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Life and legacy of the man she worked for so closely. How lovely to be remembered as an icon, someone you imagined, but better. Now Sheila Lewis o'brien, a niece of congressman Lewis. [1:26:02 PM] >> Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Sheila o'brien. I am the sixth niece of congressman John Lewis. To each distinguished guest, member of clergy, family and friends, on behalf of the Lewis family we would like to say thank you from the very depths of our hearts at the outcome of love, support, words of encouragement and prayer. The honor, the respect, the comradery that has been bestowed upon the Lewis family will never be forgotten. We would like to give a thanks to chief of staff, Michael Collins, who has now become first cousin -- [ applause ] -- And to each staff member that's worked tirelessly with and for congressman Lewis, especially during this time. [1:27:02 PM] Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for all that you have done, especially for our cousin John miles. I'm here to pay tribute to a man that was larger than life. To the world he is known as the honorable congressman Lewis. To his family he's known as Robert. To his nieces and nephews he's known as uncle Robert. Uncle Robert loved his family. We loved him. He was a son to our grandparents Eddie Lewis who we called grand daddy buddy and Willie may Lewis who we called ma. He was the husband to aunt Lillian, the father to one son, our cousin, John miles, and the brother to a lot of siblings. Too many to name right now. We don't have time. [1:28:04 PM] While we knew how important he and his work was to the world, when we were with him, we saw uncle Robert. We saw the man that enjoyed spending time with his family, reminiscing about days gone by, catching up on family dynamics, enjoying a good meal, sharing laughter and love. We, like the world, knew that John Robert Lewis personified hope, courage, bravery and shear humanitarianism. As we all know before he was chosen to congress, yes, I say chosen, the word of god tells me that many are called, but few are chosen. His first call was to that of the civil rights movement. For the last 60 years as a nonviolent civil rights activist he was a voice for those who couldn't speak, the feet for those who couldn't walk and the [1:29:05 PM] champion of injustice for those that couldn't fight. He along with many other civil rights icons became the change agents that the world so desperately needed. As a member of congress, he was known as the conscious of congress. He has been recognized, revered and held to the highest esteem for the work he's done. He broke barriers. He tore down walls. He defied stereotypes and refused to be moved from his stance on injustice, liberty and freedom. He made time for everyone and was always picture ready. He did not miss an opportunity for a photo op or to just take a few moments to talk to his constituents or to those that revered him. His love was contagious and could be felt each time you were in his presence. Over the last several days, listening to the numerous [1:30:07 PM] accomplishments, some of which he labored for years over, it is evident why his life is being celebrated at this magnitude. He truly made an impact, not just on America, but on the world. Today we celebrate the life of congressman John Lewis, our uncle Robert, the man who labored, the man who taught, the man who walked, fought, knelt, sat, held hands with both blacks and whitings, bled, lifted his voice, bent his knees and was willing to give up his life for a righteous cause. Let's continue this celebration of life by taking up the baton he has now laid down and endeavored to get into trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. Let's not give up. Let's not give in. Let's never give out. Let's keep the faith, keep our [1:31:10 PM] eyes on the prize. Rest in power, uncle Robert. May your legacy live on and never die. We believe you have heard the words from our heavenly father. Well down, my good and faithful servant. I say to all of us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Guess what? It's morning time. [ Applause ] >> Sheila Lewis o'brien. We will now hear again from Jennifer holiday singing "Take my hand precious lord." [1:32:14 PM] >> A few years ago congressman John Lewis attended the inauguration of an American president. Although he had seen many presidents, he made a beeline to this president and asked him to sign his program. He signed the program in this way, because of you, John, it's my esteem honor to welcome back to the ebenezer pulpit the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Before he comes, Jennifer holiday will come once again. "Take my hand precious lord, lead me on." ?? ?? [1:33:23 PM] ? precious lord, take my hand ? ? lead me on, let me stand ? ? I am tired ? ? I am weak ? OBAMA STARTS 13:40:00 >> Jennifer holiday. There's the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. He's entering the sanctuary. [ Applause ] [1:40:07 PM] >> James wrote to the believers, considerate it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, so you may mature and complete, lacking nothing. It is a great honor to be back at ebenezer Baptist church at the pulpit of its greatest [1:41:09 PM] pastor, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., to pay my respects to perhaps his finest disciple. An American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable spirit, John Lewis. To those who spoke, presidents bush and Clinton, madam speaker, reverend Warnick, reverend king, John's family, friends, his beloved staff, mayor bottoms, I've come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom. Now this country is a constant work in progress. We're born with instructions to form a more perfect union. Explicit in those words is the idea that we're imperfect, that what gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further than any might have thought possible. 134256 John Lewis, first of the freedom riders, head of the student nonviolent coordinating committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the March from Selma to Montgomery, member of congress representing the people of this state and this district for 33 years, mentor to young people, including me at the time, until his final day on this Earth. He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life's work. Which isn't bad for a boy from Troy. [1:43:48 PM] John was born into modest means. That means he was poor. In the heart of the Jim crow south to parents who picked somebody else's cotton. Apparently he didn't take to [1:44:15 PM] farm work. On days when he was supposed to help his brothers and sisters with their labor, he would hide under the porch and make a break for the school bus when it showed up. His mother Willie Mae Lewis nurtured that curiosity in this shy, serious child. Once you learn something, she told her son, once you get something inside your head, no one can take it away from you. As a boy, John listened through the door after bedtime as his father's friends complained about the clan. One Sunday as a teenager he heard Dr. King preach on the radio. As a college student in Tennessee, he signed up for Jim [1:45:17 PM] Lawson's workshop on the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. John Lewis was getting something inside his head. An idea he couldn't shake. Took hold of him. Nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience were the means to change laws, but also change hearts and change minds and change nations and change the world. So he helped organize the Nashville campaign in 1960. He and other young men and women sat at a segregated lunch counter. Well-dressed, straight back, refusing to let a milkshake poured on their heads or a cigarette extinguished on their backs, or a foot aimed at their [1:46:22 PM] ribs, refused to let that dent their dignity and their sense of purpose. After a few months, the Nashville campaign achieved the first successful desegregation of public facilities in any major city in the south. John got a taste of jail for the first, second, third -- well, several times. But he also got a taste of victory and it consumed him with righteous purpose. He took the battle deeper into the south. That same year, just weeks after the supreme court ruled that segregation of interstate bus facilities was unconstitution, [1:47:25 PM] John and Bernard Lafayette bought two tickets, climbed aboard a greyhound and refused to move. This was months before the first official freedom rides. He was doing a test. Trip was unsanctioned. Few knew what they were up to. At every stop through the night, apparently the angry driver stormed out of the bus and into the bus station and John and Bernard had no idea what he might come back with or who he might come back with. Nobody was there to protect them. There were no camera crews to record events. [1:48:31 PM] You know, sometimes, rev, we read about this and we kind of take it for granted, or at least we act as if it was inevitable. (13:48:43) Imagine the courage of two people Malia's age, younger than my oldest daughter, on their own to challenge an entire infrastructure of oppression. John was only 20 years old, but he pushed all 20 of those years to the center of the table. Betting everything, all of it, that his example could challenge centuries of convention and generations of brutal violence [1:49:33 PM] and countless daily indignities suffered by African-Americans. Like John the Baptist preparing the way, like those old testaments prophets speaking truth to kings, John Lewis did not hesitate and he kept on getting on board buses and sitting at lunch counters. Got his mugshot taken again and again. Marched again and again on a mission to change America. Spoke to a quarter million people at a March on Washington when he was just 23. Helped organize the freedom summer in Mississippi when he was just 24. At the ripe old age of 25, John [1:50:37 PM] was asked to lead the March from Selma to Montgomery. He was warned that governor Wallace ordered troopers to use violence. But he and Jose Williams and others led them across that bridge anyway. We've all seen the film and the footage and the photographs. President Clinton mentioned the trench coat, the nap sack, the book to read, the apple to eat, the tooth brush. Apparently jails weren't big on such creature comforts. You look at those pictures and John looks so young. He's small in stature. [1:51:37 PM] Looking every bit that shy, serious child that his mother raised. Yet, he's full of purpose. God put pesevarance in him. We know what happened to the marchers that day. Their bones were cracked by Billy clubs. Their eyes and lungs choked with tear gas. They knelt to pray, which made their heads easier targets. John was struck in the skull. He thought he was going to die. Surrounded by the sight of young Americans gagging and bleeding and trampled, victims in their [1:52:38 PM] own country of state-sponsored violence. The thing is I imagine initially that day the troopers thought they won the battle. You can imagine the conversations they had afterwards. [ Applause ] You can imagine them saying, yeah, we showed them. They figured they turned the protesters back over the bridge, that they kept, that they preserved a system that denied the basic humanity of their fellow citizens. Except this time there were some cameras there. This time the world saw what [1:53:38 PM] happened, bore witness to black Americans who were asking for nothing more than to be treated like other Americans. They were not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment, promised to them a century before and almost another century before that. When John woke up and checked himself out of the hospital, he would make sure the world saw a movement that was, in the words of scripture, hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but in the abandoned. [1:54:39 PM] Struck down, but not destroyed. [ Applause ] He retired to brown chapel, a battered prophet, bandages around his head. He said more marchers will come now, and the people came, and the troopers parted, and the marchers reached Montgomery. Their words reached the white house. Lyndon Johnson, son of the south, said we shall overcome, and the voting rights act was signed into law. (13:55:30) The life of John Lewis was in so many ways exceptional. It vindicated the faith in our founding, redeemed that faith. The most American of ideas, the idea that any of us, ordinary people without rank or wealth or title or fame, can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation and come together and challenge the status quo, decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals. What a radical idea. What a revolutionary notion. The idea that any of us, ordinary people, a young kid from Troy can stand up to the [1:56:48 PM] powers and principles and say no, this isn't right, this isn't true, this isn't true. We can do better. On the battlefield of justice Americans like John, Americans like reverends lowery and C.T. Vivian, two other patriots we lost this year, liberated all of us, the many Americans came to take for granted.(13:57:30) America was built by people like them. America was built by John lewises. [ Applause ] (13:57:44) He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals. And some day, when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form a more perfect union, whether it's years from now or decades or even if it takes another two centuries, John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America. [ Applause ] And, yet as exceptional as John was, here's the thing, John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do. I mentioned in the statement the [1:58:53 PM] day John passed, thing about John was how gentle and humble he was. And, despite this storied, remarkable career, he treated everyone with kindness and respect because it was innate to him, this idea that any of us can do if we're willing to persevere. He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage. That in all of us there's a longing to do what's right, that in all of us, there's a willingness to love all people [1:59:54 PM] and extend to them their god given rights to dignity and respect. So many of us lose that sense. It's taught out of us. We start feeling as if, in fact, we can't afford to extend kindness or decency to other people, that we're better off if we're above other people and looking down on them and so often that's encouraged in our culture, but John always said -- he always saw the best in us, and he never gave up and never stopped speaking out because he saw the best in us. He believed in us even when we didn't believe in ourselves. [2:01:03 PM] And as a congressman he didn't rest. He kept getting himself arrested. As an old man, he didn't sit out any fight, sat in all night long on the floor of the united States capitol. I know his staff was stressed. [ Laughter ] But the testing of his faith produced perseverance. He knew that the March is not over, that the race is not yet won, that we have not yet reached that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character. 140143 He knew from his own life that progress is fragile. That we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history, of our own history, where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull conner may be gone but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. 140225 George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. [ Applause ] We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but (14:02:58) even as we sit here there are those in power who are doing their damndest to discourage people from voting 140309 By closing polling locations and targeting minorities -- [applause over speaker, cannot verify this snapstream --and students with restricted I.D. Laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that's going to be dependent on mail-in ] 140331 --- ballots so people don't get sick. I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say we shouldn't dwell on such things, but that's why I'm talking about it. (14:03:53) John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now. [2:04:13 PM] He knew that every single one of us has a god given power and that the faith of this democracy depends on how we use it that, democracy isn't automatic. It has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to. We have to work at it. It's hard. And so he knew that it depends on whether we summon a measure, just a measure of John's moral courage to question what's right and what's wrong. And call things as they are. [2:05:07 PM] He said that as long as he had a breath in his body he would do everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy, not just with elections but a true democracy, a representative democracy and a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America of perpetual self-creation, then we're going to have to be more like John. We don't have to do all the things he had to do because he did them for us, but we got to do something. As the lord instructed Paul, do not be afraid, go on speaking, do not be silent for I am with [2:06:10 PM] you and no one will attack you to harm you for I have many in this city who are my people. It's just everybody's got to come out and vote. We got all those people in the city, but they can't do nothing. Like John we've got to keep getting into that good trouble. He knew that nonviolent protests is patriotic, a way to raise public awareness and put a spotlight on injustice and make the powers that be uncomfortable, like John, we don't have to choose between protests and politics. It's not an either/or situation, it's a both and situation. We have to engage in protests where that's effective but we also have to translate our [2:07:12 PM] passion and our causes into laws, institutional practices. That's why John ran for congress 34 years ago. Like John we've got to fight even harder for the most powerful tool that we have, which is the right to vote. The voting rights act is one of the crowning achievements of our democracy. It's why John crossed that bridge. It's why he spilled his blood and by the way, it was the result of democratic and Republican efforts. President bush, who spoke here earlier, and his father signed its renewal when they were in office. President Clinton didn't have to because it was the law when he [2:08:15 PM] arrived, so instead he made a law to make it easier for people to register to vote. But once the supreme court weakened the voting rights act, some state legislators unleashed a flood of laws designed specifically to make voting harder, especially by the way state legislators where there is a lot of minority turnout and population growth. That's not necessarily a mystery or an accident. It was an attack on what John fought for, it was an attack on our democratic freedoms and we should treat it as such. If politicians want to honor John and I'm so grateful for the [2:09:18 PM] legacy and work of all the congressional leaders who are here, but there's a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John ? let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for. [ Applause ] And, by the way, naming it the John Lewis voting rights act, that is a fine tribute, but John wouldn't want us to stop there, just trying to get back to where we already were. Once we pass the John Lewis voting rights act, we should keep marching to make it even better. [ Applause ] [2:10:19 PM] By making sure every American is automatically registered to vote including former inmates who have earned their second chance. By adding polling places and expanding early voting and making election day a national holiday so if you are somebody who is working in a factory or you're a single mom who's got to go to her job and doesn't get time off, you can still cast your ballot. By guaranteeing that every American citizen has equal representation in our government including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C. And in Puerto Rico, they're Americans. [ Applause ] [2:11:19 PM] By ending some of the partisan gerrymandering so that all voters have the power to choose their politicians, not the other way around and if all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim crow relic in order to secure the god given rights of every American, then that's what we should do. [ Applause ] Now, even if we do all this, even if every bogus voter suppression law is struck off the books today, we got to be honest with ourselves that too many of us choose not to exercise the franchise. Too many of our citizens believe their vote won't make a difference or they buy into the cynicism that by the way is the central strategy of voting [2:12:21 PM] suppression to make you discouraged to stop believing in your own power. So we're also going to have to remember what John said, if you don't do everything you can do to change things, then they will remain the same. You only pass this way once. You have to give it all you have. As long as young people are protesting in the streets, hoping real change takes hold, I'm hopeful, but we can't casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one. We can't treat voting as an errand to run if we have some time. We have to treat it as the most important action we can take. [2:13:24 PM] On behalf of democracy and like John, we have to give it all we have. (14:13:40) I was proud that John Lewis was a friend of mine. I met him when I was in law school. He came to speak. And I went up and I said, Mr. Lewis, you are one of my heroes. What inspired me more than anything as a young man was to see what you and reverend Lawson, Bob Moses, Diane Nash and others did and he got that kind of aw shucks, thank you very much. [ Laughter ] Next time I saw him, I had been [2:14:28 PM] elected to the United States senate and I told him, John, I'm here because of you. And on inauguration day in 2008/2009, he was one of the first people I greeted and hugged on that stand and I told him, this is your day too. He was a good and kind and gentle man and he believed in us. Even when we don't believe in ourselves. And it's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was on zoom and I'm pretty sure neither he nor I set up the zoom call because we didn't know [2:15:28 PM] how to work it. It was a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who had been helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. And afterwards I spoke to John privately and he could not have been prouder to see this new generation of activists standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation that was intent on voting and protecting the right to vote. In some cases a new generation running for political office, and I told him all those young people, John, of every race and every religion from every background and gender and sexual orientation, John, those are your children. They learned from your example. Even if they didn't always know [2:16:33 PM] it. They'd understood through him what American citizenship requires even if they had only heard about his courage through the history books. By the thousands faceless anonymous relentless young people, black and white have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the constitution and the declaration of Independence. Dr. King said that in the 1960s and it came true again this summer. We see it outside our windows in big cities and rural towns in men and women, young and old, straight Americans and lgbtq Americans, blacks who long for [2:17:33 PM] equal treatment and whites who can no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the sub jrue situation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ]jugation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ] We see it in everybody doing the hard work of overcoming complacency, of overcoming our own fears and our own prejudices, our own hatreds, you see it in people trying to be better, truer versions of ourselves. And that's what John Lewis teaches us. That's where real courage comes from, not from turning on each other, but by turning towards one another. Not by sowing hatred and [2:18:35 PM] division, but by spreading love and truth, not by avoiding our responsibilities to create a better America and a better world, but by embracing those responsibilities with joy and perseverance and discovering that in our beloved community, we do not walk alone. What a gift John Lewis was. We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for awhile and show us the way. God bless you all. God bless America. God bless this gentle soul who pulled us closer to his promise. [2:19:37 PM] Thank you very much. [ Applause ] >> Barack Obama, president of the United States, number 44. His friend and mentor, John Lewis, the man martin Luther king called his disciple. Now we'll hear from B.B. And Marvin Winans. An original song they commissioned in honor of the congressman. ?? >> Thank you so much. We are honored to be here. I would like to thank brother Michael Collins for about a week before the congressman passed, he called B.B. And so B.B. And I and my sister cece had [2:20:38 PM] opportunity to sing to him and one of the songs we sang songs differently but the one song I'd like for everyone that who would just join in. ? We shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome someday ? ? oh deep in my heart I do believe ? ? we shall overcome someday ?? [2:21:42 PM] >> Upon hearing that I heard he opened his eyes because that was the song that led and was the heart of those marches. Has written another song as the memory of uncle Robert as you'd call him because he treated us all like family. And I hope you enjoy it. ? Born in Alabama born in Troy, Alabama ? ? to will will may sharecroppers [2:22:45 PM] working in the heat of the day ? ? he knew there was much more so he asked the lord to show ? ? yes, he did ? ? all he achieved in his life we already know ? ? he was there in a hurry told you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight in the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was, oh, yes, he was ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he took on the wrong of this world like civil voting rights ? [2:23:49 PM] ? no matter the problems he faced he kept his eyes on the prize ? ? and then he learned to walk and believe god until the end ? ? yes, he did ? ? and knew he would overcome that and love is gone with him ? ? he was there when you called don't you worry he'd tell the truth in a hurry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle and willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was oh, yes, he was ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? and as you put on your robe to go home we will continue the [2:24:50 PM] fight and be strong ? ?? ? we'll continue to fight continue to fight ? ? he was there when you called on him in a hurry ? ? he'd tell you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight, willing to fight ? ? yes, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight he was ready [2:25:50 PM] to fight ? ? yeah, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight thank you for that ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight we should be ready to fight ? ? and willing to get in good trouble ?? [ applause ] [2:26:58 PM] ?? >>> Let us pray. And when he shall die, take him and cut him into stars. He shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will grow in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sum. Gracious and loving god we commend into your safety the soul of your son, John Robert Lewis. You've seen the affidavit of his deeds, yes. [2:27:59 PM] He stayed in trouble, good trouble. Necessary trouble. He fought the good fight. He finished his course. He kept the faith. And now you have laid out for him a crown of righteousness but not only to him, but to all those who love god's appearing. Now part of a great mighty cloud of witnesses is he, these are they who have gone through the great tribulation, they washed their robes in the blood of the lamb. [2:29:05 PM] The angels rejoice because he has been vindicated by history. His deeds etched into eternity and his soul received into your glory in the name of the god who loves us and to freedom and frees us into loving, through Jesus Christ our lord we pray, amen. >> Raphael Warnock with the benediction was indeed a grand look for a great man. John Lewis celebrated at ebenezer Baptist church with [2:30:05 PM] family, friends, three American presidents. >> We pray that today was a memorable worship experience for all of you. Now pastor Warnock will greet the family along with reverend Dr. Bernice king and follow the department of defense's instructions as they carry out our representative Lewis. >> Joined by our team at ABC. Robin Roberts, we saw a little bit of everything about John Lewis today, the human being, the young man of courage, the politician, family man, great mentor to his staff and a [2:31:06 PM] ceremony filled with laughter, tears and, robin, not a little bit of politics. >> Yes, yes, as you would expect, George. When president Obama said that Jo Lewis, it wasn't just about changing laws, he was about changing hearts and minds and I was really struck when his deputy chief of staff, when she said that congressman Lewis could find compromise without compromising his values and his beliefs and that's something that I think permeated throughout the celebration of his life, that and the fact that he was a very humble man. >> Byron Pitts a celebration of his life and lesson in history today, the history of the modern civil rights movement. >> Yes, he symbolized that. [2:32:08 PM] Lewis said in 1955 he heard Dr. King on the radio for the first time and for the first time in his life he heard a sermon not about life and the after yonder but life now and a certainlien about social gospel as Dr. King called it and, George, I think in his last many days of tributes we've been reminded that John Lewis "Time" magazine called him a saint in 1975, a living saint. Today president Clinton said he was scripture. Isaiah 6:8. Here I am, lord, send me and these days of tributes remind us John Lewis was also a sermon. A good sermon touches your heart. It makes you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you feel better and also it encourages you to do better, to act better and I think in his 80 years on the Earth that's what John Lewis hoped to do, to help America do better. >> Linsey, his final message as [2:33:08 PM] well, go out and do the work, let freedom ring. >> I think it was a really prophetic moment we witnessed while president Obama was delivering the eulogy and saw about a dozen black children marching outside of the windows here in times square demanding change, doing it in a peaceful way, just the way John Lewis would have wanted it. And we saw that. We talked about this earlier on Sunday when we saw the body take that final trip over the bridge
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WASH 8 LEWIS FUNERAL ATLANTA GA CLEAN SWITCHED P2 WASH 8/ POOL 6 - Switched feed >> He was a member of ebenezer for years before he became ill. He would go back to Atlanta every weekend, and every Sunday morning, he would go to the early morning service. The 8:00 A.M. Ser because he rose at 5:00 in themorning, and this church meant so much to him. It's where he and his wife Lillian were married. Er funeral service was held there. Ese images I can recall of John Lewis and his wife, [10:57:03 AM] Lillian's funeral. You see this man brokenhearted. His partner for 41 years was gone, and say for people of faith -- I know people in that church are mindful that John lewiss with her again, his partner, this woman who they worshipped god together in that place. And ebenezer is a special place. It was the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and America will be exposed to something. It will see the grandness of a black church, that historically in a black church, that's where we discuss politics. That's where people find comfort. That's where the medicine of music exists. Today we'll hear from grammy singers, grammy award winners. We'll hear from three presidents, so yes, politics, yes, the comfort of music and also the strategy that came out of a black church. Where do we go forward? Where do we go Monday? [10:58:04 AM] We'll hear about that today. Where do we go as a nation taking John Lewis' mission forward? >> We saw the congressman coming into the chapel today. You see kamala Harris, and Cory booker, African-American senators. They are part of John Lewis' legacy as well. >> So many who he inspired and that's what struck me when I was reading his words today in the op-ed. He talked about how he lived to be inspired by this next generation where he says, you filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. So we really see this full circle. He inspired. He lived to be inspired. He through his commitment and hard work to making sure that millions of Americans would have access to what he called first class citizenship, he ultimately got to see his parents cast their first vote. He got to see the first black president who is now going to be delivering his eulogy today, and he got to get a library card [10:59:07 AM] from the library in Alabama that initially denied him, and that's how this all is so full circle because that's where it all started. He talked about in 1956 he was just 15 years old going to the local library, and he was poor and didn't have books at home. He was going with his brothers, sisters and cousins to get books because he liked to read and the librarian said, look. The library is just for whites only. Fast forward to 1998, he ended up writing a book. That library called him to have a book signing there. That book signing of course, was attended by blacks and whites alike. After it was over, they granted him that library card 42 years later, George. >> A long time coming right there. The service is about to begin. There you see at ebenezer Baptist, and as we come up on 11:00 eastern on the east coast, we should note that the family has said that right at 11:00, churches around the country, 500 churches around the country expected to ring bells for 80 [11:00:07 AM] seconds to celebrate John Lewis. Let's listen. [ Bell tolls ] Ebenezer Baptist church. [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:01:23 AM] [ Bell tolls ] >>> 80 bells, 80 seconds, 80 years for John Lewis. [ Bell tolls ] [11:03:01 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:04:19 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] . >> President George W. Bush entering the sanctuary along with Laura bush. Everyone this morning in masks. [11:05:23 AM] The speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. She will speak as well, a colleague of John Lewis for more than 30 years in the house. I believe that's the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha lance-bottoms, and now the pastor of ebenezer Baptist will lead the service. >> Shall we stand? I am the resurrection and the lake, said the lord. [11:06:32 AM] Yet shall we live again. >> Pastor saying the prayer. Former president Bill Clinton. >> Shall never die. And that he shall stand with me at the light of day. Infy skin, worms destroy this body, yet shall I see god. I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and another. Behold, eyes show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in [11:07:37 AM] the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the death must be raised and crumble. We shall all be changed. Immortality. This corruptible, corruption at whim, this corruptible shall put on corruption. When put on immortality, then will be brought to pass. Death is in dignity. Where is your dignity? [11:08:38 AM] Thanks be onto god who gives us the Victor. Thanks be on to god who gave John Robert Lewis the victory through Jesus Christ, our lord and liberator. Let all the children of god say amen. >> All: Amen. >> You're in a Baptist church. Say it loudly. Amen. >> All: Amen. >> You may be seated. God bless you, my sisters and brothers. You who sit in the sanctuary and those who join us on our church livestream or by television, god [11:09:41 AM] bless you and welcome to ebenezer Baptist church. Spiritual home of martin Luther king Jr., spiritual home of John Robert Lewis, America's freedom church. In these difficult days that even made grieving more challenging. At a time when we would find comfort in embracing one another. When we must socially distance from one another, but make no mistake. We are together. In principle, even if not in proximity. We may not all be in the same room, but we are all on the same page, and we are in touch with [11:10:43 AM] the same spirit. We love John Robert Lewis. [ Applause ] Come on. Give god preach. Come on. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Let me just offer this. [11:11:43 AM] We praise god for John Lewis, but as we gather in this house, god be reminding that as a teenager, he actually used to preach to the chickens. I guess you have to start somewhere. At age 16, he preached what we call his trial sermon in a little country church, but as his life he preached sermons, he became one. He became a living, walking sermon about truth-telling and justice-making and he loved America until America learned how to love him back. [ Applause ] At a time when there is so much [11:12:44 AM] going on in our world, the new cycle is packed at a dizzying pace. In the last several days, it is as if time stood still while the nation takes its time to remember him. I rise a big ask in this call to celebration. What is it that calls us to slow down, to linger for a little while with so much swirling around us. We're summoned here because in a moment, when there are some in high office who are much better at division than vision who cannot lead us so they seek to divide us. In a moment when there is so much political cynicism and [11:13:48 AM] narcissism that masquerades as patriotism, here lies a true American patriot who risked his life and lived for the hope and the promise of democracy. [ Applause ] We celebrate John Lewis. Beaten and battered, but never bitter. On a bridge in Selma, he stared down bigotry and tyranny and won. How did he do it? The great-great-grandson of slaves, he received a spiritual power born of suffering that transcended human station and called upon the human law to more closely align itself with the law of love. Howard Thurmond said by some amazing, but vastly creative spirituality, the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst. John Lewis' ancestors met a man [11:14:50 AM] named Jesus in the brush of Alabama and Georgia and Mississippi and John Lewis received that faith and took it with him across that bridge in Selma, and every other bridge. We've come to celebrate John Lewis. [ Applause ] So let us be clear. When president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law, what he etched in ink had already been sanctioned by blood, the blood of the martyrs, the blood of Cheney and Goodman, two Jews and an African-American who were murdered in Mississippi, the blood of Viola, the blood of John Lewis. We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America's transgressions, bruised for our [11:15:55 AM] inequities. The chastisement of our peace was from him, and from his strikes we are healed, so let's remember him today and let's recommit tomorrow to standing together and fighting together, and voting together and standing up on behalf of truth and righteousness, together. We'll get through this together. Let's worship the lord. Let's worship the lord together. Thank god for John Robert Lewis. Let the nation say amen. >> All: Amen. >> And let the angels rejoice. >> Psalm 23 will now be read by [11:16:57 AM] a niece of John Lewis. >> Good morning. I will be coming from the 23rd number of psalms. The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake. Shall I walk through the valley of the shadows of death I shall fear no evil for thou are with me. Prepares the table before me and the presence of my enemies. My cup runeth over. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever. Thank you. >> And now a new testament [11:17:59 AM] reading from Mrs. Roslyn king, another niece. Of Mr. Lewis. And you notice there they are disinfecting the mic after each speaker. >> Good morning. I will now be reading the first chronicles, 13th chapter. If I could speak all the languages of Earth and of angels but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of god's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. [11:19:00 AM] Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Prophesy and speaking in an unknown language, in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless, but love will last forever. Now our knowledge is partial, and incomplete, and even the gift of prophesy reveals only part of the whole picture, but when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child, but when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly like puzzling reflections in a [11:20:01 AM] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely just as god now knows me completely. Three things will last forever. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Thank you. >> Good morning. While we know that death is the great equalizer, we all recognize that each person's experience with it is different, and so I want to extend condolences to you, the siblings of John Lewis and the entire -- >> That's the daughter of martin Luther king. >> On behalf of the entire king [11:21:03 AM] family, including my aunt Christine, my dad's only living sibling who would have been here with us today but for covid, but rest assured, she is viewing us on television as we speak. Let us pray. Great and mighty god, creator of us all and sustainer of all things, we invoke you on this morning. We welcome you, holy spirit into this place. We humbly look to you in this hour for wisdom and strength and comfort as we celebrate the homegoing of your son and servant, congressman John Robert Lewis. Please, dear father, comfort this family and grant them a piece of god that passes all understanding. [11:22:03 AM] Surround them with your love. In the words of your servant, martin Luther king Jr. Who reminded us that death is not a period that ends this great sentence of life, but a comma which punctuates it to a lofty and higher significance, help us, oh god, to grasp that truth and see the magnitude of this moment, not merely as the death of a great soul, but as a divine message that says to each and every one of us on this Earth, be still and know that I am god. Hear me and heed my message in this hour that love even for an enemy is the only way to transform this world into a true brother and sisterhood. We thank you, god, for the life and legacy of congressman John Lewis who showed us this more excellent way of life. [11:23:05 AM] We thank you for honoring us with his presence and allowing our lives to intersect with his life. Be with his family. Be with those who struggle with him in that movement, and know that he continues to live on, in and through each and every one of them and each and every one of us. We praise you, oh, god for this nonviolent warrior who fought for true peace which daddy taught us is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. (11:23:32) As we honor the life of congressman John Lewis, who shed blood on that Edmund Pettus bridge, that we might have the right to vote. Grant that we never again take that right for granted, and that we exercise it no matter what, and that we never again tamper with that right, overtaking this hour, our congress that they might restore voting rights [11:24:06 AM] protections in our nation. (11:24:02) As we honor the life of this nonviolent warrior who embodied the very spirit of Christ and showed us we have the power to resist evil and vitriol with the force of love and truth. We are eternally grateful, oh god that we lived among us for four score years and demonstrated on that bridge that physical force is no match for soul force. Grant us the capacity to follow his example to fight injustice without bitterness and hostility, but with a righteous indignation. Oh, god as Elijah asked for, and Elijah's anointing as he transition, let a portion of what John Lewis' life was about fall on us in this hour so that we can continue to get in good trouble. Anoint us with the double portion in this generation to [11:25:07 AM] get into good trouble until there is radical reform in policing in our nation. (11:25:07) Anoint us a double portion to get into good trouble until voter suppression is no longer apart of our body politic. Anoint us with the double portion to get into trouble until there is an equitable wage. Anoint us to get into good trouble until all labor is treated with dignity. Grant us oh father to get us into good trouble until the school, the prison pipeline is nonexistent and every child gets an equitable education. Dear god, grant us to get into good trouble until white supremacy around the world is uprooted in all of our policies and everyday practices no longer reflect white supremacy. Grant us a double portion, god, [11:26:08 AM] to get into good trouble until this nation truly becomes a compassionate nation because as daddy reminded us ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. Grant us, god, a double portion of anointing to get into good trouble until black bodies are no longer a threat in this world, and black lives have equitable representation, power and influence in every arena. Grant us finally, father god, that a double portion to get into good trouble until love becomes the way we live, the way we lead, the way we legislate, and until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness [11:27:10 AM] like a mighty stream. Thank you, oh god for this great man who lived among us who now joins the great cloud of freedom fighters, and lord we thank you for his life and his legacy, and we will continue to get into good trouble as long as you grant us the breadth to do so. It is the majestic in the mighty name Jesus the Christ that I do pray, and all of the people of god said together, amen. >> All: Amen. >> Dr. Bernice king invoking her father Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. On the causes of John Lewis' life. And now we will hear from Jennifer Holliday, only what you do from Christ will last. ?? [11:28:27 AM] ?? ?? ?? ? you may build great cathedrals ? ? large or small ? ? you may build skyscrapers, [11:29:29 AM] grand and tall ? ? you may conquer all the failures of your past ? ? oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? ? you may think earthly power, [11:30:32 AM] wealth and fame ? ? and the world might be impressed by your great name ? ? some glories of this life will all soon be pass ? ? oh, oh, oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? [11:31:37 AM] ? remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? remember only, only, only, only what you do, yeah ? ? for Christ will last ? ? oh, only what you do it will counted ? ? in only what you do for Christ [11:32:43 AM] will last ? ? oh, remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, remember, what you do, only what you do for Christ will last ? ? only what, only what you do, what you do for Christ will be counted ? [11:33:49 AM] ? only what you, what you do for Christ, oh, it's going last ? ? oh, it's going to last, yeah ? ? oh, only what you do, what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, whoa, oh ? ? only what you do for Christ will last ?? ? yeah, only what you do, only [11:34:53 AM] what you do ?? [ applause ] >> Jennifer Holliday. Now the poem invictus, one of John Lewis' favorites, will be read by a young man named tyber Faw. >> Out of the night that covers me, black as a pit from pole to to pole, I think whatever god may be for my inconquerable soul. I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chants, my head is bloodied, but I'm bowed. Beyond this place of breath and tears, looms but the horror of [11:35:53 AM] the shade, and yet menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gay, how charged with punishment the scroll, I'm the master of my fate. I'm the captor of my soul. John Lewis was my hero, my friend, let's honor him by getting in good trouble. [ Applause ] >> Seven hours. He was greeted with a hug and kindness and friendship. >> Only the inconquerable spirit and the magnanimous soul of John Lewis could summon all of us together in this place at this [11:36:57 AM] time. Only John Lewis could compel three living American presidents to come to this house of god. [ Applause ] To celebrate his life. We are grateful that all of them are here. The honorable George W. Bush. [ Applause ] Who was president the last time we authorized the voting rights act. [ Applause ] The honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] [11:38:09 AM] And in just a little while, we'll hear from the honorable Barack Obama. [ Applause ] But the program will proceed as printed. President bush, president Clinton, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, and -- [ applause ] -- And another living saint among us, teacher and activist the reverend James Lawson. [ Applause ] [11:39:14 AM] >> Good morning. >> All: Good morning. >> Distinguished guests, John miles, Lewis family and friends, lord, I thank you for inviting us to be here today. John's story began on a tiny farm in Troy, Alabama, a place so small he said you could barely find it on the map. Why not talk to chickens? I did a little research. Every morning he would rise before the sun to tend to the flock of chickens. He loved those chickens. Already called to be a minister who took care of others, John fed them and tended to their every need, even their spiritual ones for John baptized them. He married them and he preached to them. When his parents claimed one for [11:40:18 AM] family supper, genre fused to eat one of his flock. Going hungry was his first act of nonviolent protest. He also noted in later years that his first congregation of chickens listened to him more closely than some of his colleagues in congress. John also thought that chickens were just a little more productive, at least they produced eggs, he said. From Troy to Nashville to the March on Washington, to Selma, John Lewis always looked outward, not inward. He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospel in word and indeed, [11:41:18 AM] insisting the word of hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope. John Lewis believed in the lord. He believed in humanity, and he believed in America. He's been called an American saint, a believer willing to give up everything. Even life itself to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life. That we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony, dignity and love, and the first crucial step on that journey was the recognition that all people are born in the image of god and carry a spark of the divine within them. Laura and I were privileged to see that spark in John up close. We worked with him to bring the national museum of African-American history and culture to the Washington mall. He was part of the Emmett till [11:42:21 AM] crimes act where justice had been too long denied. We will never forget joining him in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of his March across the Edmund Pettus bridge where we got to watch president Barack Obama thank John as one of his heroes. [ Applause ] There's a story in the old scriptures that meant a lot to John. In the hebrew bible, the lord is looking for a prophet. Whom shall I send, god wonders, and who will go for us? Isaiah answers, here am I. Send me. John Lewis heard that call a long time ago in segregated Alabama, and he took up the work of the lord through all his days. His lesson for us is that we all must keep ourselves open to the [11:43:21 AM] hearing -- open to hearing the call of love, the call of service and the call to sack -- sacrifice for others. Listen, (11:43:25) John and I had our disagreements of course, but in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action. [ Applause ] We the people including congressmen and presidents can have differing views on how to perfect our union while sharing the conviction that our nation however flawed is at heart a good and noble one. We live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis, and his abiding faith in the power of god, in the power [11:44:23 AM] of democracy and in the power of love to lift us all to a higher ground. The story that began in Troy isn't ending here today, nor is the work. (11:44:30) John Lewis lives forever in his father's house, and he will live forever in the hearts of Americans who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their god. May the flights of angels see John Lewis to his rest and may god bless the country he loved. [ Applause ] >> President George W. Bush said he had his differences with John Lewis. He also said he shared patriot with him. [11:45:26 AM] Now president William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] >> Thank you very much. First I thank John miles and the Lewis family and John's incomparable staff for a chance to say a few words about a man I loved for a long time. I am grateful in ebenezer, a [11:46:29 AM] holy place sanctified by both the faith and the works of those who worshipped here. I thank my friend reverend Bernice king who stood by my side and gave a fascinating sermon in one of the most challenging periods of my life. I thank president bush, president Obama, speaker Pelosi and representative Hoyer and representative Clyburn who I really thank for with the stroke of a hand, ending an intrafamily fight within our party, proving that peace is needed by everyone. [11:47:29 AM] Madam mayor, thank you. You have faced more than a fair share of challenges in these last few months, and you have faced them with candor and dignity and honor, and I thank you for that. [ Applause ] I must say for a fellow that got his start speaking to chickens, John's gotten a pretty finely organized and orchestrated and deeply deserved sendoff this last week. His homegoing has been something to behold. . [ Applause ] [11:48:30 AM] I think it's important that all of us who loved him remember that he was after all, a human being. A man like all other humans born with strengths that he made the most of when many don't. Born with weaknesses that he worked hard to beat down when many can't, but still a person. It made him more interesting, and it made him in my mind, even greater. 20 years ago we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Selma March, and we talked together along with Coretta and many others from the movement who are no longer with us. [11:49:32 AM] We are grateful for Andy young and reverend Jackson and Diane Nash and many others who survive, but on that day, I got him to replay for me a story he told me when we first met back in the 1970s. I said, you know, I was just an aspiring whatever southern politician and had been elected governor, and he was already a legend. So I said, John, what's the closest you ever actually came getting killed to doing this? He said, well, once we were in a demonstration and I got knocked out on the ground and people were getting beat up pretty bad and I looked up and there was a man hold a long, heavy piece of pipe and he lifted it and was clearly going to bring it right down into my skull, and at the [11:50:33 AM] very last second, I turned my neck away and then the crowd pushed him a little bit. A couple of seconds later, I couldn't believe it. I was still alive. I think it's important to remember that. First because he was a quick thinker, and secondly because he was here on a mission that was bigger than personal ambition. Things like that sometimes just happen, but usually they don't. I think three things happened to John Lewis long before we met and became friends that made him who he was. First the famous story of John with his cousins and siblings holding his aunt's hand, more [11:51:33 AM] than a dozen of them running around in their little old wooden house as the wind threatened to blow the house off its moorings. Going to the place where the house was rising and all those tiny bodies trying to weigh it down. I think he learned something about the power of working together, something that was more powerful than any instruction. Second, nearly 20 years later when he was 23, the youngest speaker and the last speaker at the March on Washington. When he gave a great speech urging to take to the streets across the south to seize the chance to finally end racism, and he listened to people that he knew had the same goals. [11:52:36 AM] Say, well, we have to be careful how we say this because we're trying to get converts, not more adversaries. Just three years later, he lost the leadership to Stokely Carmichael because he said, you know, I really -- I think it was a pretty good job for a guy that young, and he come from Troy, Alabama. It must have been painful to lose, but he showed as a young man there are some things that you cannot do to hang on to a position because if you do them, you won't be who you are anymore, and I say there were two or three years there where the movement went a little bit too far towards Stokely, but in [11:53:36 AM] the end, John Lewis prevailed. We are here today because he had the kind of character he showed when he lost an election. [ Applause ] And there was bloody Sunday. He figured he might get arrested, and this was really important not to, for all the reps citing things we all believe about John Lewis. We had a really good mind and he was always trying to figure out how can I make the most of every single moment. So he was getting ready to March from Selma to Montgomery. He wants to get across the bridge. What do we remember? [11:54:38 AM] He made quite a strange figure. He had a trench coat and a backpack. Now young people probably think it's no big deal, but there weren't that many backpacks back then, and you never saw anybody in a trench coat looking halfway dressed up with a backpack. But John put an apple, an Orange, a toothbrush, toothpaste in the backpack to take care of his body because he figured he would get arrested. And two books. One, a book on America's political tradition to feed his mind, and one, the autobiography of Thomas Merten, a roman-catholic monk who was the son of artists making an [11:55:38 AM] astonishing personal transformation. A young guy about to get his brains beat out and planning on going to prison. He's taking that. I think he figured if Thomas Merten could find his way and keep his faith and believe in the future, he, John Lewis could too. [ Applause ] And -- so we honor our friend for his faith and for living his faith which the scripture says is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things unseen. (11:56:18) John Lewis was a walking rebuke to people who thought well, we ain't there yet. We have been working a long time. Isn't it time to bag it? He kept moving. He hoped for and imagined and lived and worked and moved for his beloved community. He took a savage beating on more than one day, and he lost that backpack on bloody Sunday. Nobody ever knows what happened to it. Maybe someday someone will be stricken with conscience and give some of it back, but what it represented never disappeared from John Lewis' spirit. We honor that memory today because as a child, he learned to walk with the wind, to March with others to save a tiny house. Because as a young man he challenged others to join him with love and dignity to hold America's house down and open the doors of America to all its [11:57:41 AM] people. (11:57:36) We honor him because in Selma on the third attempt, John and his comrades showed that sometimes you have to walk into the wind along with with it. As he crossed the bridge and marched into Montgomery, but no matter what, John always kept walking to reach the beloved community. He got into a lot of good trouble along the way, but let's not forget he also developed an absolutely uncanny ability to heal troubled waters. When he could have been angry and determined to cancel his adversaries, he tried to get converts instead. He thought the open hand was better than the clenched fist. He lived by the faith and [11:58:44 AM] promise of St. Paul. Let us not grow weary in doing good for a new season we will reap if we do not lose heart. He never lost heart. He fought the good fight. He kept the faith, but we got our last letter today on the pages of "The New York Times." Keep moving. It is so fitting, on the day of his service. He leaves us, our marching quarters. Keep moving. 20 years ago when I came here after the Selma March to a big dinner honoring John and Lillian and John miles, you had a big afro, and it was really pretty. And your daddy was giving you grief about it and I said, John, let's don't get old too soon. I mean, if I had hair like that, [11:59:46 AM] I would have it down to my shoulders. But on that night, I was almost out of time and people were -- to be president, and people were asking me, well, if you could do one more thing, what would it be? What do youbecause I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was [12:00:48 PM] that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of [12:01:49 PM] us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. ------------ O you because I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. [12:01:05 PM] With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. I'm so grateful that he stayed true to form. [12:02:06 PM] He's gone up yonder and left us with marching orders. I suggest, since he's close enough to god to keep his eye on the sparrow and us, we salute, suit up and March on. [ Applause ] >> Former president Bill Clinton has known John Lewis since the 1970s. The house speaker Nancy Pelosi who served in the congress with John Lewis since the 1980s. NANCY PELOSI >> Good day. I'm not sure morning, afternoon, whatever it is. It's an honor to be here with each and every one of you. Reverend, thank you for enabling [12:03:08 PM] us all to be here to honor and celebrate the life of John Lewis with three presidents of the United States. Isn't that exciting? President Clinton, president bush and soon president Obama here with us. On behalf of my colleagues as speaker of the house I'm pleased to bring greetings to each and everyone of you. I'm sad to bring condolences to the family. John, miles, the entire Lewis family, thank you for sharing John Lewis with us. I'm pleased to be here with so many members, 50, we would have had more except coronavirus prevented the church from allowing us to bring more. I hope they'll all stand. Members of the house of representatives. [ Applause ] Senators Harris and booker who [12:04:10 PM] are with us as well. [ Applause ] Among them Mr. Hoyer, served with John Lewis for over 30 years, over 30 years. [ Applause ] In our group we have senior members and we have members of our freshmen class. John convinced each one of us that we were his best friend in congress. We come with a flag flown over the capitol the night that John passed. When this flag flew there, it said good-bye. It waved good-bye to John, our friend, our mentor, our colleague, this beautiful man that we all had the privilege of [12:05:12 PM] serving with in the congress of the United States. So, again, we all bring our condolences to the family, to Michael Collins and John's staff who meant so very much to him. Thank you for your service to John Lewis. [ Applause ] There are many things we're grateful to the family for and the staff for and we commend them for, but let's acknowledge the stamina they've had to keep up with John, even as he passed on from Troy to Selma to Montgomery to Washington and now to Atlanta to be at rest. When John Lewis served with us, he wanted us to see the civil [12:06:14 PM] rights movement and the rest through his eyes. He told us so many stories. He taught us so much. He took us to Selma for two decades, Mr. President, he took us to Selma. You referenced 25 years. Some of us were there many times, including the 50th anniversary where president bush was, as well as president Obama. He wanted us to see how important it was, how important it was to understand the spirit of nonviolence. I hesitate to speak about nonviolence in the presence of the master himself, reverend Lawson who we'll be hearing from shortly. We were together just recently in Selma when he and John spoke in church. He taught the world really about nonviolence. I just want to say this, the [12:07:16 PM] word -- is a word that means in sand script two things. It means nonviolence and it means insistence on the truth. That is what John Lewis was all about. Nonviolently insisting on the truth. He insisted on the truth in national, in Selma, in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln memorial. He insisted on the truth wherever he went. He insisted on the truth in the congress of the United States. Every time he stood up to speak we knew that he was going to take us to a higher place of our understanding, of our responsibilities and what our opportunities were. He insisted no matter how, shall we say offended someone might be, that he would insist on the truth. What he said -- "In my life I [12:08:18 PM] have done all I can to demonstrate the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn," he says in this article "To let freedom ring." He always talked about truth marching on. He always worked for a more perfect union. *Pelosi Chokes Up* (12:08:37) Over the fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with John and I brought him this flag pin that I wear, one just like it. Why I did so on that fourth of July weekend was because it is engraved with something that says one country, one destiny. Now wasn't that what John Lewis was all about? One country, one destiny. I mention it because this was [12:09:23 PM] sewn into the lining of Abraham Lincoln's coat that he had on the night he left us. I think he had the coat on all the time, but also that night. John Lewis and Abraham Lincoln had so much in common. John -- we got to know him first and foremost in front of the Lincoln memorial when he made that beautiful, beautiful speech. John lay in state under the rotunda of the capitol, under the dome of the capitol on a platform that was made in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln. [ Applause ] Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis. [12:10:26 PM] So, they had lots of connections. By the way, just incidentally, they were both wonderful and spiritual and saintly, but they were both very good politicians. Think of John Lewis that way. You will know that. He always was about a more perfect union. And he was always about young people. That's why, Mr. President, that article you referenced in the "New York Times" today, his message that would be delivered at this time as he left us was about young people. He says to them "Together you can redeem the world," together. One nation, one destiny. He says in the article "Answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe in." Wasn't that just like John? [12:11:28 PM] We were very proud to have his voice in the rotunda speaking about all that he cared about and believed in in such a beautiful way starting in Troy. I started my remarks by talking about the flag that waved over the capitol to say good-bye to John as he began his passage. But what I want you to know, in addition to how revered he is in the congress, so revered that he was a bit mischievous. When he would say let's make some good trouble, he always had a twinkle in his eye. When he cooked up having the sit-in to get the Republican leadership to put the gun violence about on the floor, the floor was covered with people [12:12:29 PM] and it was thought for a moment the police might -- it was disruptive, good trouble. It was clear to them that if they were to arrest John Lewis for doing that, they were going to have to arrest the entire house democratic caucus. [ Applause ] When he spoke, people listened. When he led, people followed. We loved him very much. As his official family, we mourn him greatly. He shared so much of his love for his district, his family. The sadness when Lillian was sick, the joy he had in John and miles. As I said, we wave good-bye to this person, our leader, our friend, this, shall we say, [12:13:29 PM] humorous -- he loved to dance. He loved to make us laugh. Sometimes while he was dancing. He said my grand daughter Bella said to him did you ever sing in the civil rights movement? He said they asked me to sing solo one time. So low so nobody could hear me. Getting back to that flag waving good-bye to this person we just loved, officially, personally, in every way, politically too. The last night he was at the capitol it wasn't raining. Thousands of people were showing up to pay their respects. Little bit after 8:00 there was a double rainbow, a double rainbow. But it hadn't rained. It was a double rainbow over the casket. For us it was -- we waved [12:14:29 PM] good-bye when he started to leave us. He was telling us -- he was telling us I'm home in heaven. I'm home in heaven with Lillian. (12:14:38) We always knew he worked on the side of the angels and now he is with them. May he rest in peace. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, remembering with tears her friend John Lewis. The man she called the master of nonviolence. The man who mentored John Lewis, his friend James Lawson. [12:15:46 PM] 91 years old. He believed nonviolence would work in the civil rights era. [ Applause ] >> Thank you. Pastor, sisters and brothers, members of this Lewis family that is so wonderfully nurtured in love, hope, courage and faith and the rest of it. Sisters and brothers, a Polish [12:16:50 PM] catholic poet sets the tone at least in part for me as John Lewis has journeyed from the eternity of this extraordinary, mysterious human race into the eternity that none of us know very much about. When he wrote this poem called "Meaning" -- when I die, I will see the lining of the world, the other side beyond bird, mountain and sunset. The true meaning ready to be decoded, what never added up will now add up. What was incomprehensible will become comprehended. [12:17:53 PM] And, if there is no lining to the world, if a thrush on a branch is not a sign, but just a thrush on a branch. If night and day make no sense following each other and on this Earth there is nothing but the Earth. Even if that is so, there will remain a word wakened by the lips that perish, a tireless messenger who runs and runs through interstellar places, through revolving galaxies and calls out and protests and screams. I submit that John in that other eternity will be heard by us [12:18:54 PM] again and again running through the galaxies, still proclaiming that we the people of the usa can one day live up to the full meaning of we live these truths, live up to the meaning that we the people of the usa in order to perfect a more perfect union. John Lewis practiced not the politics that we call bipartisan. John Lewis practiced the politics that we the people of the U.S. Need more desperately than ever before, the politics of the declaration of Independence, the politics of the preamble to the constitution of the United States. [12:20:03 PM] I've read many of the so-called civil rights books of the last 50 or 60 years about the period between 1953 and 1973. Most of the books are wrong about John Lewis. Most of the books are wrong about how John got engaged in the national campaign of 1959 and '60. This is the 60th year of the sit-in campaign which swept into every state of the union, largely manned by students because we recruited students, but put on the map that the nonviolent struggle begun in Montgomery, Alabama. It was not an accident, but as [12:21:04 PM] martin king Jr. Called it, Christian love has power that we have never tapped and if we use it, we can transform not only our own lives but we'll transform the Earth in which we live. I counted as I moved to Nashville, Tennessee dropping out of graduate school in Nashville came people like Kelly Smith, Helen Roberts and John Lewis and Diane Nash, C.T. Vivian, Marion berry, Jim bevel, John Lafayette, Paulina knight, Angela butler. How all of us gathered in 1958 [12:22:07 PM] and '59, '60, '61 in the same city and same time, we did not plan it. We were all led there. When Kelly Miller Smith and the national Christian leadership council met in the fall of 1958 and we determined that if there's to be a second major campaign that will demonstrate the efficacy of soul force, of love truth, that we would have to do it in Nashville. So I planned as the strategist and organizer a four-point ghandi program to complete the [12:23:07 PM] campaign. We decided with great fear and anticipation we would desegregate downtown Nashville. No people anywhere else in the United States against a segregated system ever thought about desegregating downtown, tearing down the signs, renovating the waiting rooms, taking the immoral signs off drinking fountains. It was black women who made that decision for us in Nashville. I was scared to death when we made that decision. I knew nothing about how we were going to do this. I had never done it before. But we planned the strategy. [12:24:08 PM] John Lewis did not stumble in on that campaign. Kelly Miller Smith, his teacher at ABC, invited John to join the workshops in the fall of 1959 as we prepared ourselves to face violence and to do direct action and to put on the map the issue that the racism and the segregation of the nation had to end. So on the 60th anniversary of that sit-in campaign, which became the second major campaign of the nonviolent movement of America, those are not my words. John Lewis called what we did between 1953 and 1973 the nonviolent movement of America, not the crm. I think we need to get the story [12:25:08 PM] straight because words are powerful. History must be written in such a fashion that it lifts up truly the spirit of the John lewises of the world. [ Applause ] That's why I've chosen just to say a few words about it. Kelly Miller Smith invited John Lewis. I met a fifth student who told me about a student from Chicago who wanted to do something about those vicious signs. I said invite Diane Nash to the workshop in September because we're going to do something about those signs. I pushed this hard. Now John Lewis had no choice in the matter. You should understand that. [12:26:08 PM] Because all the stories we've heard this morning of John becoming a preacher, preaching to the chickens and other sorts of things, becoming ordained as a Baptist minister, something else was happening to John in those early years. John saw the malignancy of racism in Troy, Alabama. There formed in him a sensibility that he had to do something about it. He did not know what that was, but he was convinced he was called to do whatever he could do, get in good trouble, but [12:27:08 PM] stop the horror that so many folks lived through and in in this country in that part of the 20th century. John was not alone. Martin king had the same experience as a boy. I had the same experience from age 4 in the streets of maisland, Ohio. Matthew Mccullough a man whose name you don't know had the same experience. C.T. Vivian had the same experience. I maintain many of us had no choice to do, but we tried to do primarily because at an early age we recognized the wrong under which we were forced to live and we swore to god that by god's grace we would do whatever god called us to do in order to put on the table of the nation's [12:28:12 PM] agenda this must end. Black lives matter. [ Applause ] So between 1953 and 1973 we had major campaigns year after year. Thousands of demonstrations across the nation that supported it. We had folk in the congress, folk in the white house, folk scattered across the united States that were beginning to formulate the solutions for change. The media makes a mistake when John is seen only in relationship to the voting rights bill of '65. However important that is, you must remember that in the '60s Lyndon Johnson and the congress of the United States passed the most advanced legislation on behalf of we the people of the [12:29:14 PM] United States that was ever passed. Head start, billions of dollars for housing. We would not be in the struggle we are today in housing if president Reagan hadn't cut that billions of dollars for housing. Local churches and local nonprofits could build affordable housing in their own communities being sustained as finance by loans from the federal government. We passed medicare. We passed anti-poverty programs, civil rights bill '64, '65, voting rights bills, a whole array. (12:30:00) John Lewis must be understood as one of the leaders of the greatest advance of congress and the white house on behalf of we [12:30:15 PM] the people of the usa. [ Applause ] We do not need bipartisan politics if we're going to celebrate the life of John Lewis. We need the constitution to come alive. We hold these truths to be self-evident. We need the congress and the president to work unfaltering on behalf of every boy and every girl so every baby born on these shores will have access to the tree of life. That's the only way to honor John Robert Lewis. No other way. Let all of us in this service today, let all the people of the [12:31:17 PM] usa determine that we will not be quiet as long as any child dies in the first year of life in the United States. We will not be quiet as long as the largest poverty group in our nation are women and children. We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of human kind. We will not be quiet as long as our economy is shaped, not by freedom, but by plantation capitalism that continues to cause domination and control rather than access and liberty and equality for all. The forces of spiritual wickedness are strong in our [12:32:17 PM] land because of our history. We have not created them. John Lewis did not create them. We inherited them, but it's our task to see those spiritual forces -- I've named them. Racism, sexism, violence, plantation capitalism. Those poison and dominate far too many of us in many different ways. John's life was a singular journey from birth through the campaigns in the south and through congress to get us to see that these forces of wickedness must be resisted. Do not let our own hearts drink any of that poison. [12:33:19 PM] Instead, drink the truth of the life force. If we would honor and celebrate John Lewis' life, let us then use our souls, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our strength to the continuing journey to dismantle the wrong in our midst and to allow a space for the new Earth and new heaven to emerge. I close with this poem from Langston Hughes which is a kind of sign and symbol of what John Lewis represents and what we too can represent in our continuing [12:34:21 PM] journey. Langston Hughes. I dream a world where no human, no other human will scorn, where love will bless the Earth and test its path. I dream a dream where all will know sweet freedom's way, where greed no longer SAPs the soul, nor blights or day. A world I dream where black and white and yellow and blue and green and red and brown, whatever your race may be, will share the bounties of the Earth and every woman, man, boy and [12:35:23 PM] girl is free. Where wretchedness hangs its head and joy like a pearl attends the need of all human kind. Such a world I dream. Celebrate life. Dream and labor for an Atlanta, Los Angeles, United States and a world, that is to celebrate the spirit and the heart and the mind and soul of John Lewis and to walk with him through the galaxies seeking equality, liberty, justice and the beloved community for all. Thank you. [12:36:25 PM] [ Applause ] >> What a mind, what power from James Lawson, honoring the mind, spirit and soul of John Lewis. 91 years old. Pastor Warnick. >> Three living presidents with [12:37:26 PM] us today. We have heard from yet another. To the friends and family of congressman John Lewis, Rosalyn joins me in sending our condolences. Throughout his remarkable life John has been a blessing to countless people and we are proud to be among those whose lives he has touched. While his achievements are enjoyed by all Americans, we Georgians know him as our neighbor, friend and representative. His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Jimmy Carter. [12:38:31 PM] [ Applause ] >> Another musical selection from Kathleen Bertran, "If I can help somebody." ?? ?? ? if I can help somebody as I pass along ? ? if I can cheer somebody with a [12:39:35 PM] word or a song ? ? if I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:40:39 PM] ? yes, my living shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody as I pass along ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:41:43 PM] ? oh, if I can do my duty as a Christian ? ? if I can bring that beauty in a world of god ? ? if I could share love's message like the master taught ? ? then my living shall not be in [12:42:52 PM] vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? yes, my living, yes, it shall not, shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody, if I could help somebody as I pass [12:43:53 PM] along ? ? then my living, it shall not, then my living, it shall not, then his living, yes, shall not, hallelujah, his living, his living shall not, then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:45:04 PM] ? his living shall not be in vain ? [ applause ] >> Kathleen Bertrand. The next speaker, the founder of the trumpet foundation, long supported by John Lewis. First hugs we've seen today. >> I want to first call [12:46:06 PM] attention to the excellent job the media has done to inform us of John Lewis. Hasn't the media been tremendous in keeping us informed? [ Applause ] I've never seen such coverage, but John deserved it. I want to talk a moment in my presentation on John before he became famous. I met John when I came too Atlanta. Lillian miles and I came to Atlanta on the same day. She came to work for Atlanta university and I came to work for martin Luther king Jr. In the southern leadership [12:47:07 PM] conference. That's when I met John. Saw him all the time. We were all involved in the same quest for equity and justice in this America. I got a chance to see him all the time. I admired his fervor and all his tenacity. Lillian was single. So I decided that Lillian needed a good man, not just the bums who were approaching her. She was highly intellectual, well-travelled, well-educated and I wanted her to have someone who really would appreciate her skills and her talent. So I looked around and decided that I liked John. Lillian didn't like John particularly. So she thought he was kind of slow. I said, but, Lillian, he's busy. [12:48:11 PM] He's fighting the evils of the world and she said, yes, but. Well I decided, girl, listen, this boy is going places. Let's see what he can do to get this thing moving. So we decided -- well, I did, as her friend. That's what you do for friends. You have to help them out. So John had to go to the hospital for an examination and I said, oh, Lillian, this will be a good moment for us to be Florence nightingale. We went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of flowers and took it to the hospital. I said he'll be impressed because he was a little slow too. I said we'll go to the hospital and that would just impress him, that he will notice you more because you're bringing him flowers while he's in the [12:49:12 PM] hospital. Well, we got in the hospital. There was a young woman already there and she was stretching out his pillow and adjusting his comfort. Then Lillian said, oh, shoot. I said I already asked John, John, do you have a young woman you're especially interested in? He said, well, not really. I said that's not the answer I'm looking for. I want a more definitive answer because I got some things in mind. Well, you know John, was slow about -- well, not really. I decided on new year's eve, Lillian was single, as I said, and didn't have any plans. I said I'll have a dinner party and invite the two of them and maybe that will give us a chance. I was known as one who gave big [12:50:12 PM] parties. Lillian thought I was having a big party. John thought I was having a big party. When they got to my house, there was only room for three of us. The two of them and me. So now we're discussing the world and I'm hoping that they're going to get a little closer and closer. Well, when John didn't have a date on new year's eve, I knew he didn't have a commitment. Everybody has a date on new year's eve with somebody. I figured I'm ahead of the game. It's new year's eve, I got him. Then things started to happen. Still slowly, not fast enough for me, but I was patient. Finally Lillian said I do like him. I said, okay, I'm ready now. I'll set a date. Got her a dress ready. We're going to have a wedding. [12:51:14 PM] I'm not really sure -- I asked John not too long ago, did we ever ask her if you would take her? I don't think I gave him an opportunity to propose. We just had a wedding. [ Applause ] And so now it looks like things are going to be okay. We had a big wedding. I did all the planning because Lillian was still slow. I did all the planning. All the family came. We had a wedding. Now things were doing okay. She said, you know, I don't like the idea of that girl. Looks like she had some designs on John. I said, honey, don't run away from competition. We can handle competition. We'll get rid of that girl so fast she won't know what happened to her. And we did. [12:52:15 PM] And they got married. Well, I want you to know they were very happy, but when she found out -- Lillian as I said well-travelled, well-educated, but she didn't like politics. But, when John expressed an interest, Lillian got in there and became his strongest supporter. I mean, she did everything, everything to make his successes work for him and they did. Well, then John miles came along. He was the cutest little boy. Then she said -- they gave me the honor of being his godmother. I said, oh, that's nice. I heard of godmothers before. [12:53:16 PM] What does a godmother do? She said if something happens to me and John, we want you to take care of him. I said I got to feed him? John miles could eat as a kid. I said I got to feed him every day? They said yes. Then spank him when he acts up. Well, I agreed to that. John miles, do you mind, stand up? Stand up, John miles. That's John miles there now. Now, wait a minute. Take a good look at John miles. I'm 4'11". I'm almost 90 years old. There he is. I'm supposed to spank him when he doesn't do right? Now, when I walk up to John miles to give him a spanking, I got to get permission from him. [12:54:18 PM] Could I spank you? He's pretty big now. I loved John miles then and I love John miles now. I will take care of you and spank you whether you like it or not. [ Applause ] Lillian and John stayed married. I put it together, but it lasted 43 years. That's not a bad record, is it? They were happy and Lillian gave him every support a wife could ever give a partner. They gave love to John miles in the process. John was an unusual individual. Ambassador young sitting over [12:55:20 PM] here. We all loved him all the time. His sincerity was apparent. He worked hard and he said that he wasn't going to stop. I don't need to tell you anything about John. All of you knew him. All of you know his fervor and his commitment to equity and the love he had for everybody. And I want us to look at the John we thought we knew, the John who convinced us we knew the real man because he was constant. I asked him one time, John, what in the world is bad trouble? I said, when I was a young girl, my sister and I every time we [12:56:26 PM] went on a date, have a good time, but don't get in trouble. We didn't know nothing else other than trouble isn't good. John said the good trouble is when your mother says don't get in trouble, find the ways to right the wrongs of our society. He did a pretty decent job of that. [ Applause ] During this week John was on television all day every day. I love young people. I had an opportunity -- people know I love young people. I was invited to speak to a group of kids. I said to them, as you're watching television, I want you to know that's not a public relations program you're watching. That's the story of a man who lived the life they're talking [12:57:28 PM] about. John made a decision on the kind of life he was going to live. I said to those young people, you have the responsibility of making your life have the meaning you want it to be. You can either decide to be the bank robber or the bank owner. It's your choice. The man you're seeing on television decided that his life was going to have a quality to it. Do as much as you can as long as you can as often as you can because that's what John Lewis did. We won't forget John. But I would want to tell you, don't sit here and listen to these praises. [12:58:29 PM] Don't forget what you read in the newspapers of how wonderful he was. Do something about the man he asked us to be in ourselves and that is be kind to everybody. Love everybody. Speak up and speak out. I don't need to tell you. You know what he said. What you can do, and I want to advise you and admonish you, to really give meaning to the John we love. Vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Talking about the love story of John Lewis and his work. William clay Campbell, the former mayor of the city of Atlanta. [12:59:47 PM] >> To John miles, presidents Clinton and Obama, speaker Pelosi, madam mayor, Romans 8:18 tells us for I consider the sufferings of the present time to not be worthy of the glory which shall be revealed to us. When I met John Lewis over 40 years ago, our lives intersected because in 1960 he came to my hometown, Raleigh, north Carolina to form snick at a small black college, Shaw university, where my father who was president of the naacp led nightly civil rights demonstrations. Again, in 1963 our lives [1:00:47 PM] intersected because my father returned from the March on Washington and he began raving about a speaker, young John Lewis, who electrified the crowd. So imagine when I finally met him in Atlanta in 1976 as a young law student, it was a transcendent moment like meeting an historical figure, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin who wrote the declaration of Independence, but here was someone who made a nation live up to those words along with martin king, C.T. Vivian. John had an integrity and a purity which was like a halo. Somehow this extended to everyone who was in his orbit, [1:01:52 PM] myself included. That's the reason the nation has paused from pandemic and protests and politics to bid him farewell today. Virtually every news organization has hailed John as a civil rights hero. John was a women's rights hero. A gay rights hero. A senior's rights hero. A worker's hero. John wasn't on the right side of history. History was on the right side of John Lewis. [ Applause ] In his spare time he introduced the legislation to create the African-American history museum and he fought the bigots in congress for 15 years. [1:02:53 PM] One of his proudest moments was standing at the dedication of that monumental structure four years ago. For those who wondered if perhaps his time had passed, with his body ravaged with cancer, so frail and fragile that he yielded to a cane in what he surely knew would be his last public appearance, he summoned the strength to walk to the middle of black lives plaza in Washington, D.C. To express his solidarity and support for the young protesters who had begun to change America as John Lewis did as a young man. They say that the victors write history. I declare today the history of the 20th century as it is written, John Lewis will stand beside ghandi, king and Mandela as one of the great freedom fighters of human kind. [ Applause ] [1:03:57 PM] While the nation mourns a great leader, I will miss a dear, loving and loyal friend who allowed me the extraordinary privilege to walk along beside of a living saint, St. Lewis. In the last days of his life when we both knew that death was imminent, I desperately wanted to tell John about how much he meant to me and the country. In a solemn moment he pulled me close and whispered everyone has to vote in November. It's the most important election ever. [ Applause ] I promised him with every fiber in my body I would tell everyone if you truly want to honor this humble hero, make sure you vote. [1:04:59 PM] First tells us when faith hope and love remain, the greatest of these is love. John Lewis was love. Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels carry thee. >> Former mayor of Atlanta, bill Campbell. Long-time friend of John Lewis with his last words. We'll now hear from Janelle Thompson who served as deputy chief of staff for the [1:06:11 PM] congressman. >> Good afternoon. I have on two masks because I have Mr. Lewis' voice in my head and he would say be particular. My name is jamella Thompson. On behalf of the staff I would like to thank John miles and the entire Lewis family for the honor and the privilege of sharing the congressman and Mrs. Lewis, who was his partner in life and in public service with generations of his staff for the last 33 years in the celebration of his life and legacy. The congressman would want me to tell you, as I like at you today in his favorite color, you look good. You look fresh. You look clean. You look beautiful. Thank you. We are honored to serve you. [1:07:11 PM] We were honored to serve him. We would also like to express our sincere and great appreciation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leader, the majority whip, the clerk of the house of representatives, the office of employee assistance, the congressional black caucus and all of your amazing staff for your patience and your guidance during this very difficult time. People always ask us what was it like to work for congressman Lewis. What was he like up close? What was he like in real life? It is too difficult to explain. Our answer was always the same. He's just as you may imagine, but better and that no day was ever the same. What you know about the [1:08:13 PM] congressman is true. He was a gentlemen. He was of the people and a peaceful soul. When he came into the office every day, he would greet every staffer, every intern with a good morning, sir, good morning, ma'am. He would end every successful speech, thank you young brother. Thank you sister. Thank you my child or my dear. As staff we felt it was our duty to maintain a space where the congressman could be completely and wholly himself. In college we say there's the freshman 15 you gain. In our office there was the John Lewis 20. He and Michael would bring in lunch and far too often dessert because some cake, pie or brownie would be calling out to them and they would want everyone to come together and sit down and share a meal. [1:09:15 PM] We were a little family, a little enclave. A lot of drama, a lot of fun, and so much love. He broke down those work barriers and welcomed our parents, our spouses, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and at the nephews into the circle. Sometimes the world got a little glimpse of our nest during these gatherings and certain videos may go viral. We were like a well-oiled machine when it came to policy and case work. Although we were like that in public, he enjoyed stirring things up in the office. You might call him a little bit of an instigator. [1:10:16 PM] He would get us in trouble with Michael, try and corner us with questions and stir things up. With time, you knew not to take the bait and you would learn to say, oh, no, congressman, you're not going to get me today. He would laugh. I think that's what I'm going to miss the most. I'm going to miss his laugh. Not the one you see on television, but the one where he would be sitting back shooting the wind and he would throw back his head and laugh from his heart, from his belly, from his soul. So many workers are often taught to be invisible. With Mr. Lewis he always saw you and made you feel special and worthy. Dr. King and Rosa parks spent time with him as a teenager and [1:11:16 PM] it changed the course of his life. I believe he spent every waking moment paying it forward. He could be absolutely exhausted, but still take one more picture, spend one more moment, especially with young people. This meant that we were always, always, always behind schedule. So the very first lesson in staffing of the congressman was to learn to operate on John Lewis time, which translates into late, but trusting that it would always work out. As he told everyone, he could out walk the entire staff. So our duty was to keep up. When it was time to move, we did. When it was time to be present and the congressman needed a little bit of quiet, we would try to create that space. [1:12:16 PM] He would slow down to appreciate and absorb the majesty of the moment for his own mental archives. Just as we tried to preserve the sanctity of his space, he allowed us to be our true and authentic selves. He found staff who were unique and represented a little bit of his personality and what he needed to compliment it. We made our ways to Mr. Lewis through random paths. Coincidences, strategies and for believers through divine intervention. He didn't hire based on a resume, but your energy, your passion and your potential. We were a group of musicians, air traffic controllers, photographers, dancers social workers, entertainers, artists, [1:13:17 PM] historians and every once in a while an actual lawyer or a political scientist. He got all into our business and was there in spirit, or in person, for the big moments. In the same way that he always took a call from Mrs. Lewis or John miles, he let us drop everything for a family emergency. Generations of children have fond memories of hanging out in his office as their parents worked nearby. He let us be ourselves, especially when it came to civic participation. He let us organize, protest, testify and always, always, [1:14:18 PM] always vote. We tried to absorb his energy and his lessons. To my knowledge, three staff served him for over 20 years. Ruth Burke, tiwari butler and first cousin Michael Collins. May you please stand. [ Applause ] There's a whole generation of staff right behind them at 19, 15, 17, 12, 14 years. Ruth Riley, Brenda Jones, [1:15:26 PM] Rochelle o'neil. Linda chasetain. Although some of you and some people moved on, you couldn't really because his spirit was in you forever. His voice was always in our head. Be kind, be mindful, be particular. Make it plain. Make it simple. Make it sing. Working for him was a little bit of a nightmare sometimes because no matter how hard we worked, he always worked harder. Every single day he woke up at the crack of dawn, watched the news and read the newspapers. His memory was like a living [1:16:32 PM] which means he forgot nothing. He expected us to be informed with facts from primary sources, not hearsay. He would ask what constituents were calling and writing about and add that information to his endless archives. You learned the hard way or the subtle way because he was not direct. When he asked you a question, he usually knew the answer. He wanted to see whether or not you could represent him and his constituents. When preparing for a big vote or a big speech, he would drop a subtle hint. Have you read this poem, this speech, a book, some scripture? Do you remember this painting? Then he would say let's come back and talk about it later on. This little hint would prepare you for the aftermath of those [1:17:34 PM] executive sessions he had with himself. After those sessions we would learn how and in which direction the spirit moved him. Then we would have our marching orders. He would take the essence of a complicated policy and make it accessible and real to the people. The congressman loved serving on the ways and means committee. He always showed up. He hated to miss votes on the floor. Let me say that again. He could not stand to miss votes. The voice messages I have from him about the votes that he was about to miss are still on my phone to this day. This is the reason why we are so thankful that congressman kilde and his staff were willing to serve and help us cast these ballots during this pandemic and [1:18:36 PM] to serve as his proxy. The congressman would walk the halls, or sit in committee, or sit in the office and he loved the beauty of the house of representatives. He loved the closeness to the people and the complicated status of our nation. Every visitor our office received a full dose of southern hospitality, the offer of a Georgia coke, some peanuts, a brief tour of his office and some time on our beloved balcony with its stunning view of the capitol. While he loved his country, the record should be clear on his immense pride in representing Georgia's fifth congressional district. He was so proud to represent metro Atlanta and all of its cities, all its counties and all its people. He was on a mission to serve, to make them feel heard, respected [1:19:37 PM] and represented regardless of where they fell on the political spectrum. The constituents were a compass and congressman Lewis worked around the clock to find solutions to their challenges. When it came to public service and public policy, his name did not need to be on the headlines or on the frontlines. It was the action and the results that mattered. Not every problem needs a bill. He could always find compromise without compromising his values or his principles when the challenge presented itself. He played the long game and he knew every trick in the book and he expected the staff to fight in a nonviolent manner for the people. When constituents were concerned [1:20:37 PM] about the rights of soviet jewelry, he took action. When faced with equality in health services he advanced changes to reduce the cost for life-saving care. Especially for the issues that affected communities of color like kidney disease and COPD. When workers faced pension issues, he found ways to give them security. When families were separated by immigration policies, he worked around the clock to reunite them. When people couldn't get their social security checks, he fought to make that happen. When tax payers were struck and struggled with an outdate bureaucracy of the irs he worked to modernize the entire agency. When he heard from frustrated veterans, he fought for their respect, their earned benefits and their care. When he saw an alarming increase in abusive relationships, he [1:21:38 PM] developed strategies to stop the cycle before it began. When some tried to eliminate the U.S. Institute of peace, he found a way to keep that building and the prospect and the hope of peace still alive. When he was worried about the state of our globe for generations yet unborn, he introduced the environmental justice act. When looking at the rights of marginalized communities around the world, he worked to diversify the face of our diplomacy and insert empathy and standards to our global policies. When people complained about I am moveable lines to vote he co-wrote the voters act. The list is too long to recognize his legislative policies and success and impact he has on people around the world. As we sit in this historic space [1:22:38 PM] and as you drive-through metro Atlanta and you feel the greatness of his legacy, historic preservation and civic education, I ask that you hold that in your heart and your soul and your spirit. He felt that we needed to know and study our history to make sure that we never repeated it. He was both human and divine. It's so difficult to explain the magnitude, the genius, the gentle grace of this man. I would ask at this moment for the staff to take a stand please so that you can see and know just a sample of who we are. [ Applause ] Former staff. [1:23:47 PM] Thank you. A few years ago we had a reunion. We realized there aren't that many staff. We have a lot of interns and fellows, but the congressman held us close. I don't think there are many offices where you have the opportunity to hold your boss' hand and adjust his tie and tell every person that you loved them. He created this space. He created this family. As a staff, we are heart broken. We are lost. We know that the work continues, the fight remains. We cannot, we must not get lost in the sea of despair. So, if asked how you may honor the congressman, I will echo the words of the greats who stood here before. You can make sure that his work, his sacrifice, his message lives on and that there are actions that every person can do [1:24:48 PM] regardless of their age or station in life. Be kind. Be mindful. Recognize the dignity and the worth of every human being. Be the best version of yourself. Be informed. Stay engaged. Even though the work is hard. If you are of age and eligible, for the love of god, please vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Life and legacy of the man she worked for so closely. How lovely to be remembered as an icon, someone you imagined, but better. Now Sheila Lewis o'brien, a niece of congressman Lewis. [1:26:02 PM] >> Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Sheila o'brien. I am the sixth niece of congressman John Lewis. To each distinguished guest, member of clergy, family and friends, on behalf of the Lewis family we would like to say thank you from the very depths of our hearts at the outcome of love, support, words of encouragement and prayer. The honor, the respect, the comradery that has been bestowed upon the Lewis family will never be forgotten. We would like to give a thanks to chief of staff, Michael Collins, who has now become first cousin -- [ applause ] -- And to each staff member that's worked tirelessly with and for congressman Lewis, especially during this time. [1:27:02 PM] Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for all that you have done, especially for our cousin John miles. I'm here to pay tribute to a man that was larger than life. To the world he is known as the honorable congressman Lewis. To his family he's known as Robert. To his nieces and nephews he's known as uncle Robert. Uncle Robert loved his family. We loved him. He was a son to our grandparents Eddie Lewis who we called grand daddy buddy and Willie may Lewis who we called ma. He was the husband to aunt Lillian, the father to one son, our cousin, John miles, and the brother to a lot of siblings. Too many to name right now. We don't have time. [1:28:04 PM] While we knew how important he and his work was to the world, when we were with him, we saw uncle Robert. We saw the man that enjoyed spending time with his family, reminiscing about days gone by, catching up on family dynamics, enjoying a good meal, sharing laughter and love. We, like the world, knew that John Robert Lewis personified hope, courage, bravery and shear humanitarianism. As we all know before he was chosen to congress, yes, I say chosen, the word of god tells me that many are called, but few are chosen. His first call was to that of the civil rights movement. For the last 60 years as a nonviolent civil rights activist he was a voice for those who couldn't speak, the feet for those who couldn't walk and the [1:29:05 PM] champion of injustice for those that couldn't fight. He along with many other civil rights icons became the change agents that the world so desperately needed. As a member of congress, he was known as the conscious of congress. He has been recognized, revered and held to the highest esteem for the work he's done. He broke barriers. He tore down walls. He defied stereotypes and refused to be moved from his stance on injustice, liberty and freedom. He made time for everyone and was always picture ready. He did not miss an opportunity for a photo op or to just take a few moments to talk to his constituents or to those that revered him. His love was contagious and could be felt each time you were in his presence. Over the last several days, listening to the numerous [1:30:07 PM] accomplishments, some of which he labored for years over, it is evident why his life is being celebrated at this magnitude. He truly made an impact, not just on America, but on the world. Today we celebrate the life of congressman John Lewis, our uncle Robert, the man who labored, the man who taught, the man who walked, fought, knelt, sat, held hands with both blacks and whitings, bled, lifted his voice, bent his knees and was willing to give up his life for a righteous cause. Let's continue this celebration of life by taking up the baton he has now laid down and endeavored to get into trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. Let's not give up. Let's not give in. Let's never give out. Let's keep the faith, keep our [1:31:10 PM] eyes on the prize. Rest in power, uncle Robert. May your legacy live on and never die. We believe you have heard the words from our heavenly father. Well down, my good and faithful servant. I say to all of us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Guess what? It's morning time. [ Applause ] >> Sheila Lewis o'brien. We will now hear again from Jennifer holiday singing "Take my hand precious lord." [1:32:14 PM] >> A few years ago congressman John Lewis attended the inauguration of an American president. Although he had seen many presidents, he made a beeline to this president and asked him to sign his program. He signed the program in this way, because of you, John, it's my esteem honor to welcome back to the ebenezer pulpit the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Before he comes, Jennifer holiday will come once again. "Take my hand precious lord, lead me on." ?? ?? [1:33:23 PM] ? precious lord, take my hand ? ? lead me on, let me stand ? ? I am tired ? ? I am weak ? OBAMA STARTS 13:40:00 >> Jennifer holiday. There's the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. He's entering the sanctuary. [ Applause ] [1:40:07 PM] >> James wrote to the believers, considerate it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, so you may mature and complete, lacking nothing. It is a great honor to be back at ebenezer Baptist church at the pulpit of its greatest [1:41:09 PM] pastor, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., to pay my respects to perhaps his finest disciple. An American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable spirit, John Lewis. To those who spoke, presidents bush and Clinton, madam speaker, reverend Warnick, reverend king, John's family, friends, his beloved staff, mayor bottoms, I've come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom. Now this country is a constant work in progress. We're born with instructions to form a more perfect union. Explicit in those words is the idea that we're imperfect, that what gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further than any might have thought possible. 134256 John Lewis, first of the freedom riders, head of the student nonviolent coordinating committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the March from Selma to Montgomery, member of congress representing the people of this state and this district for 33 years, mentor to young people, including me at the time, until his final day on this Earth. He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life's work. Which isn't bad for a boy from Troy. [1:43:48 PM] John was born into modest means. That means he was poor. In the heart of the Jim crow south to parents who picked somebody else's cotton. Apparently he didn't take to [1:44:15 PM] farm work. On days when he was supposed to help his brothers and sisters with their labor, he would hide under the porch and make a break for the school bus when it showed up. His mother Willie Mae Lewis nurtured that curiosity in this shy, serious child. Once you learn something, she told her son, once you get something inside your head, no one can take it away from you. As a boy, John listened through the door after bedtime as his father's friends complained about the clan. One Sunday as a teenager he heard Dr. King preach on the radio. As a college student in Tennessee, he signed up for Jim [1:45:17 PM] Lawson's workshop on the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. John Lewis was getting something inside his head. An idea he couldn't shake. Took hold of him. Nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience were the means to change laws, but also change hearts and change minds and change nations and change the world. So he helped organize the Nashville campaign in 1960. He and other young men and women sat at a segregated lunch counter. Well-dressed, straight back, refusing to let a milkshake poured on their heads or a cigarette extinguished on their backs, or a foot aimed at their [1:46:22 PM] ribs, refused to let that dent their dignity and their sense of purpose. After a few months, the Nashville campaign achieved the first successful desegregation of public facilities in any major city in the south. John got a taste of jail for the first, second, third -- well, several times. But he also got a taste of victory and it consumed him with righteous purpose. He took the battle deeper into the south. That same year, just weeks after the supreme court ruled that segregation of interstate bus facilities was unconstitution, [1:47:25 PM] John and Bernard Lafayette bought two tickets, climbed aboard a greyhound and refused to move. This was months before the first official freedom rides. He was doing a test. Trip was unsanctioned. Few knew what they were up to. At every stop through the night, apparently the angry driver stormed out of the bus and into the bus station and John and Bernard had no idea what he might come back with or who he might come back with. Nobody was there to protect them. There were no camera crews to record events. [1:48:31 PM] You know, sometimes, rev, we read about this and we kind of take it for granted, or at least we act as if it was inevitable. (13:48:43) Imagine the courage of two people Malia's age, younger than my oldest daughter, on their own to challenge an entire infrastructure of oppression. John was only 20 years old, but he pushed all 20 of those years to the center of the table. Betting everything, all of it, that his example could challenge centuries of convention and generations of brutal violence [1:49:33 PM] and countless daily indignities suffered by African-Americans. Like John the Baptist preparing the way, like those old testaments prophets speaking truth to kings, John Lewis did not hesitate and he kept on getting on board buses and sitting at lunch counters. Got his mugshot taken again and again. Marched again and again on a mission to change America. Spoke to a quarter million people at a March on Washington when he was just 23. Helped organize the freedom summer in Mississippi when he was just 24. At the ripe old age of 25, John [1:50:37 PM] was asked to lead the March from Selma to Montgomery. He was warned that governor Wallace ordered troopers to use violence. But he and Jose Williams and others led them across that bridge anyway. We've all seen the film and the footage and the photographs. President Clinton mentioned the trench coat, the nap sack, the book to read, the apple to eat, the tooth brush. Apparently jails weren't big on such creature comforts. You look at those pictures and John looks so young. He's small in stature. [1:51:37 PM] Looking every bit that shy, serious child that his mother raised. Yet, he's full of purpose. God put pesevarance in him. We know what happened to the marchers that day. Their bones were cracked by Billy clubs. Their eyes and lungs choked with tear gas. They knelt to pray, which made their heads easier targets. John was struck in the skull. He thought he was going to die. Surrounded by the sight of young Americans gagging and bleeding and trampled, victims in their [1:52:38 PM] own country of state-sponsored violence. The thing is I imagine initially that day the troopers thought they won the battle. You can imagine the conversations they had afterwards. [ Applause ] You can imagine them saying, yeah, we showed them. They figured they turned the protesters back over the bridge, that they kept, that they preserved a system that denied the basic humanity of their fellow citizens. Except this time there were some cameras there. This time the world saw what [1:53:38 PM] happened, bore witness to black Americans who were asking for nothing more than to be treated like other Americans. They were not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment, promised to them a century before and almost another century before that. When John woke up and checked himself out of the hospital, he would make sure the world saw a movement that was, in the words of scripture, hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but in the abandoned. [1:54:39 PM] Struck down, but not destroyed. [ Applause ] He retired to brown chapel, a battered prophet, bandages around his head. He said more marchers will come now, and the people came, and the troopers parted, and the marchers reached Montgomery. Their words reached the white house. Lyndon Johnson, son of the south, said we shall overcome, and the voting rights act was signed into law. (13:55:30) The life of John Lewis was in so many ways exceptional. It vindicated the faith in our founding, redeemed that faith. The most American of ideas, the idea that any of us, ordinary people without rank or wealth or title or fame, can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation and come together and challenge the status quo, decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals. What a radical idea. What a revolutionary notion. The idea that any of us, ordinary people, a young kid from Troy can stand up to the [1:56:48 PM] powers and principles and say no, this isn't right, this isn't true, this isn't true. We can do better. On the battlefield of justice Americans like John, Americans like reverends lowery and C.T. Vivian, two other patriots we lost this year, liberated all of us, the many Americans came to take for granted.(13:57:30) America was built by people like them. America was built by John lewises. [ Applause ] (13:57:44) He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals. And some day, when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form a more perfect union, whether it's years from now or decades or even if it takes another two centuries, John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America. [ Applause ] And, yet as exceptional as John was, here's the thing, John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do. I mentioned in the statement the [1:58:53 PM] day John passed, thing about John was how gentle and humble he was. And, despite this storied, remarkable career, he treated everyone with kindness and respect because it was innate to him, this idea that any of us can do if we're willing to persevere. He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage. That in all of us there's a longing to do what's right, that in all of us, there's a willingness to love all people [1:59:54 PM] and extend to them their god given rights to dignity and respect. So many of us lose that sense. It's taught out of us. We start feeling as if, in fact, we can't afford to extend kindness or decency to other people, that we're better off if we're above other people and looking down on them and so often that's encouraged in our culture, but John always said -- he always saw the best in us, and he never gave up and never stopped speaking out because he saw the best in us. He believed in us even when we didn't believe in ourselves. [2:01:03 PM] And as a congressman he didn't rest. He kept getting himself arrested. As an old man, he didn't sit out any fight, sat in all night long on the floor of the united States capitol. I know his staff was stressed. [ Laughter ] But the testing of his faith produced perseverance. He knew that the March is not over, that the race is not yet won, that we have not yet reached that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character. 140143 He knew from his own life that progress is fragile. That we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history, of our own history, where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull conner may be gone but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. 140225 George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. [ Applause ] We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but (14:02:58) even as we sit here there are those in power who are doing their damndest to discourage people from voting 140309 By closing polling locations and targeting minorities -- [applause over speaker, cannot verify this snapstream --and students with restricted I.D. Laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that's going to be dependent on mail-in ] 140331 --- ballots so people don't get sick. I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say we shouldn't dwell on such things, but that's why I'm talking about it. (14:03:53) John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now. [2:04:13 PM] He knew that every single one of us has a god given power and that the faith of this democracy depends on how we use it that, democracy isn't automatic. It has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to. We have to work at it. It's hard. And so he knew that it depends on whether we summon a measure, just a measure of John's moral courage to question what's right and what's wrong. And call things as they are. [2:05:07 PM] He said that as long as he had a breath in his body he would do everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy, not just with elections but a true democracy, a representative democracy and a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America of perpetual self-creation, then we're going to have to be more like John. We don't have to do all the things he had to do because he did them for us, but we got to do something. As the lord instructed Paul, do not be afraid, go on speaking, do not be silent for I am with [2:06:10 PM] you and no one will attack you to harm you for I have many in this city who are my people. It's just everybody's got to come out and vote. We got all those people in the city, but they can't do nothing. Like John we've got to keep getting into that good trouble. He knew that nonviolent protests is patriotic, a way to raise public awareness and put a spotlight on injustice and make the powers that be uncomfortable, like John, we don't have to choose between protests and politics. It's not an either/or situation, it's a both and situation. We have to engage in protests where that's effective but we also have to translate our [2:07:12 PM] passion and our causes into laws, institutional practices. That's why John ran for congress 34 years ago. Like John we've got to fight even harder for the most powerful tool that we have, which is the right to vote. The voting rights act is one of the crowning achievements of our democracy. It's why John crossed that bridge. It's why he spilled his blood and by the way, it was the result of democratic and Republican efforts. President bush, who spoke here earlier, and his father signed its renewal when they were in office. President Clinton didn't have to because it was the law when he [2:08:15 PM] arrived, so instead he made a law to make it easier for people to register to vote. But once the supreme court weakened the voting rights act, some state legislators unleashed a flood of laws designed specifically to make voting harder, especially by the way state legislators where there is a lot of minority turnout and population growth. That's not necessarily a mystery or an accident. It was an attack on what John fought for, it was an attack on our democratic freedoms and we should treat it as such. If politicians want to honor John and I'm so grateful for the [2:09:18 PM] legacy and work of all the congressional leaders who are here, but there's a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John ? let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for. [ Applause ] And, by the way, naming it the John Lewis voting rights act, that is a fine tribute, but John wouldn't want us to stop there, just trying to get back to where we already were. Once we pass the John Lewis voting rights act, we should keep marching to make it even better. [ Applause ] [2:10:19 PM] By making sure every American is automatically registered to vote including former inmates who have earned their second chance. By adding polling places and expanding early voting and making election day a national holiday so if you are somebody who is working in a factory or you're a single mom who's got to go to her job and doesn't get time off, you can still cast your ballot. By guaranteeing that every American citizen has equal representation in our government including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C. And in Puerto Rico, they're Americans. [ Applause ] [2:11:19 PM] By ending some of the partisan gerrymandering so that all voters have the power to choose their politicians, not the other way around and if all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim crow relic in order to secure the god given rights of every American, then that's what we should do. [ Applause ] Now, even if we do all this, even if every bogus voter suppression law is struck off the books today, we got to be honest with ourselves that too many of us choose not to exercise the franchise. Too many of our citizens believe their vote won't make a difference or they buy into the cynicism that by the way is the central strategy of voting [2:12:21 PM] suppression to make you discouraged to stop believing in your own power. So we're also going to have to remember what John said, if you don't do everything you can do to change things, then they will remain the same. You only pass this way once. You have to give it all you have. As long as young people are protesting in the streets, hoping real change takes hold, I'm hopeful, but we can't casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one. We can't treat voting as an errand to run if we have some time. We have to treat it as the most important action we can take. [2:13:24 PM] On behalf of democracy and like John, we have to give it all we have. (14:13:40) I was proud that John Lewis was a friend of mine. I met him when I was in law school. He came to speak. And I went up and I said, Mr. Lewis, you are one of my heroes. What inspired me more than anything as a young man was to see what you and reverend Lawson, Bob Moses, Diane Nash and others did and he got that kind of aw shucks, thank you very much. [ Laughter ] Next time I saw him, I had been [2:14:28 PM] elected to the United States senate and I told him, John, I'm here because of you. And on inauguration day in 2008/2009, he was one of the first people I greeted and hugged on that stand and I told him, this is your day too. He was a good and kind and gentle man and he believed in us. Even when we don't believe in ourselves. And it's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was on zoom and I'm pretty sure neither he nor I set up the zoom call because we didn't know [2:15:28 PM] how to work it. It was a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who had been helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. And afterwards I spoke to John privately and he could not have been prouder to see this new generation of activists standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation that was intent on voting and protecting the right to vote. In some cases a new generation running for political office, and I told him all those young people, John, of every race and every religion from every background and gender and sexual orientation, John, those are your children. They learned from your example. Even if they didn't always know [2:16:33 PM] it. They'd understood through him what American citizenship requires even if they had only heard about his courage through the history books. By the thousands faceless anonymous relentless young people, black and white have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the constitution and the declaration of Independence. Dr. King said that in the 1960s and it came true again this summer. We see it outside our windows in big cities and rural towns in men and women, young and old, straight Americans and lgbtq Americans, blacks who long for [2:17:33 PM] equal treatment and whites who can no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the sub jrue situation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ]jugation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ] We see it in everybody doing the hard work of overcoming complacency, of overcoming our own fears and our own prejudices, our own hatreds, you see it in people trying to be better, truer versions of ourselves. And that's what John Lewis teaches us. That's where real courage comes from, not from turning on each other, but by turning towards one another. Not by sowing hatred and [2:18:35 PM] division, but by spreading love and truth, not by avoiding our responsibilities to create a better America and a better world, but by embracing those responsibilities with joy and perseverance and discovering that in our beloved community, we do not walk alone. What a gift John Lewis was. We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for awhile and show us the way. God bless you all. God bless America. God bless this gentle soul who pulled us closer to his promise. [2:19:37 PM] Thank you very much. [ Applause ] >> Barack Obama, president of the United States, number 44. His friend and mentor, John Lewis, the man martin Luther king called his disciple. Now we'll hear from B.B. And Marvin Winans. An original song they commissioned in honor of the congressman. ?? >> Thank you so much. We are honored to be here. I would like to thank brother Michael Collins for about a week before the congressman passed, he called B.B. And so B.B. And I and my sister cece had [2:20:38 PM] opportunity to sing to him and one of the songs we sang songs differently but the one song I'd like for everyone that who would just join in. ? We shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome someday ? ? oh deep in my heart I do believe ? ? we shall overcome someday ?? [2:21:42 PM] >> Upon hearing that I heard he opened his eyes because that was the song that led and was the heart of those marches. Has written another song as the memory of uncle Robert as you'd call him because he treated us all like family. And I hope you enjoy it. ? Born in Alabama born in Troy, Alabama ? ? to will will may sharecroppers [2:22:45 PM] working in the heat of the day ? ? he knew there was much more so he asked the lord to show ? ? yes, he did ? ? all he achieved in his life we already know ? ? he was there in a hurry told you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight in the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was, oh, yes, he was ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he took on the wrong of this world like civil voting rights ? [2:23:49 PM] ? no matter the problems he faced he kept his eyes on the prize ? ? and then he learned to walk and believe god until the end ? ? yes, he did ? ? and knew he would overcome that and love is gone with him ? ? he was there when you called don't you worry he'd tell the truth in a hurry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle and willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was oh, yes, he was ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? and as you put on your robe to go home we will continue the [2:24:50 PM] fight and be strong ? ?? ? we'll continue to fight continue to fight ? ? he was there when you called on him in a hurry ? ? he'd tell you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight, willing to fight ? ? yes, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight he was ready [2:25:50 PM] to fight ? ? yeah, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight thank you for that ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight we should be ready to fight ? ? and willing to get in good trouble ?? [ applause ] [2:26:58 PM] ?? >>> Let us pray. And when he shall die, take him and cut him into stars. He shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will grow in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sum. Gracious and loving god we commend into your safety the soul of your son, John Robert Lewis. You've seen the affidavit of his deeds, yes. [2:27:59 PM] He stayed in trouble, good trouble. Necessary trouble. He fought the good fight. He finished his course. He kept the faith. And now you have laid out for him a crown of righteousness but not only to him, but to all those who love god's appearing. Now part of a great mighty cloud of witnesses is he, these are they who have gone through the great tribulation, they washed their robes in the blood of the lamb. [2:29:05 PM] The angels rejoice because he has been vindicated by history. His deeds etched into eternity and his soul received into your glory in the name of the god who loves us and to freedom and frees us into loving, through Jesus Christ our lord we pray, amen. >> Raphael Warnock with the benediction was indeed a grand look for a great man. John Lewis celebrated at ebenezer Baptist church with [2:30:05 PM] family, friends, three American presidents. >> We pray that today was a memorable worship experience for all of you. Now pastor Warnock will greet the family along with reverend Dr. Bernice king and follow the department of defense's instructions as they carry out our representative Lewis. >> Joined by our team at ABC. Robin Roberts, we saw a little bit of everything about John Lewis today, the human being, the young man of courage, the politician, family man, great mentor to his staff and a [2:31:06 PM] ceremony filled with laughter, tears and, robin, not a little bit of politics. >> Yes, yes, as you would expect, George. When president Obama said that Jo Lewis, it wasn't just about changing laws, he was about changing hearts and minds and I was really struck when his deputy chief of staff, when she said that congressman Lewis could find compromise without compromising his values and his beliefs and that's something that I think permeated throughout the celebration of his life, that and the fact that he was a very humble man. >> Byron Pitts a celebration of his life and lesson in history today, the history of the modern civil rights movement. >> Yes, he symbolized that. [2:32:08 PM] Lewis said in 1955 he heard Dr. King on the radio for the first time and for the first time in his life he heard a sermon not about life and the after yonder but life now and a certainlien about social gospel as Dr. King called it and, George, I think in his last many days of tributes we've been reminded that John Lewis "Time" magazine called him a saint in 1975, a living saint. Today president Clinton said he was scripture. Isaiah 6:8. Here I am, lord, send me and these days of tributes remind us John Lewis was also a sermon. A good sermon touches your heart. It makes you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you feel better and also it encourages you to do better, to act better and I think in his 80 years on the Earth that's what John Lewis hoped to do, to help America do better. >> Linsey, his final message as [2:33:08 PM] well, go out and do the work, let freedom ring. >> I think it was a really prophetic moment we witnessed while president Obama was delivering the eulogy and saw about a dozen black children marching outside of the windows here in times square demanding change, doing it in a peaceful way, just the way John Lewis would have wanted it. And we saw that. We talked about this earlier on Sunday when we saw the body take that final trip over the bridge
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WASH 8 LEWIS FUNERAL ATLANTA GA CLEAN SWITCHED P4 WASH 8/ POOL 6 - Switched feed >> He was a member of ebenezer for years before he became ill. He would go back to Atlanta every weekend, and every Sunday morning, he would go to the early morning service. The 8:00 A.M. Ser because he rose at 5:00 in themorning, and this church meant so much to him. It's where he and his wife Lillian were married. Er funeral service was held there. Ese images I can recall of John Lewis and his wife, [10:57:03 AM] Lillian's funeral. You see this man brokenhearted. His partner for 41 years was gone, and say for people of faith -- I know people in that church are mindful that John lewiss with her again, his partner, this woman who they worshipped god together in that place. And ebenezer is a special place. It was the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and America will be exposed to something. It will see the grandness of a black church, that historically in a black church, that's where we discuss politics. That's where people find comfort. That's where the medicine of music exists. Today we'll hear from grammy singers, grammy award winners. We'll hear from three presidents, so yes, politics, yes, the comfort of music and also the strategy that came out of a black church. Where do we go forward? Where do we go Monday? [10:58:04 AM] We'll hear about that today. Where do we go as a nation taking John Lewis' mission forward? >> We saw the congressman coming into the chapel today. You see kamala Harris, and Cory booker, African-American senators. They are part of John Lewis' legacy as well. >> So many who he inspired and that's what struck me when I was reading his words today in the op-ed. He talked about how he lived to be inspired by this next generation where he says, you filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. So we really see this full circle. He inspired. He lived to be inspired. He through his commitment and hard work to making sure that millions of Americans would have access to what he called first class citizenship, he ultimately got to see his parents cast their first vote. He got to see the first black president who is now going to be delivering his eulogy today, and he got to get a library card [10:59:07 AM] from the library in Alabama that initially denied him, and that's how this all is so full circle because that's where it all started. He talked about in 1956 he was just 15 years old going to the local library, and he was poor and didn't have books at home. He was going with his brothers, sisters and cousins to get books because he liked to read and the librarian said, look. The library is just for whites only. Fast forward to 1998, he ended up writing a book. That library called him to have a book signing there. That book signing of course, was attended by blacks and whites alike. After it was over, they granted him that library card 42 years later, George. >> A long time coming right there. The service is about to begin. There you see at ebenezer Baptist, and as we come up on 11:00 eastern on the east coast, we should note that the family has said that right at 11:00, churches around the country, 500 churches around the country expected to ring bells for 80 [11:00:07 AM] seconds to celebrate John Lewis. Let's listen. [ Bell tolls ] Ebenezer Baptist church. [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:01:23 AM] [ Bell tolls ] >>> 80 bells, 80 seconds, 80 years for John Lewis. [ Bell tolls ] [11:03:01 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] [11:04:19 AM] [ Bell tolls ] [ Bell tolls ] . >> President George W. Bush entering the sanctuary along with Laura bush. Everyone this morning in masks. [11:05:23 AM] The speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. She will speak as well, a colleague of John Lewis for more than 30 years in the house. I believe that's the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha lance-bottoms, and now the pastor of ebenezer Baptist will lead the service. >> Shall we stand? I am the resurrection and the lake, said the lord. [11:06:32 AM] Yet shall we live again. >> Pastor saying the prayer. Former president Bill Clinton. >> Shall never die. And that he shall stand with me at the light of day. Infy skin, worms destroy this body, yet shall I see god. I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and another. Behold, eyes show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed in a moment, in [11:07:37 AM] the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the death must be raised and crumble. We shall all be changed. Immortality. This corruptible, corruption at whim, this corruptible shall put on corruption. When put on immortality, then will be brought to pass. Death is in dignity. Where is your dignity? [11:08:38 AM] Thanks be onto god who gives us the Victor. Thanks be on to god who gave John Robert Lewis the victory through Jesus Christ, our lord and liberator. Let all the children of god say amen. >> All: Amen. >> You're in a Baptist church. Say it loudly. Amen. >> All: Amen. >> You may be seated. God bless you, my sisters and brothers. You who sit in the sanctuary and those who join us on our church livestream or by television, god [11:09:41 AM] bless you and welcome to ebenezer Baptist church. Spiritual home of martin Luther king Jr., spiritual home of John Robert Lewis, America's freedom church. In these difficult days that even made grieving more challenging. At a time when we would find comfort in embracing one another. When we must socially distance from one another, but make no mistake. We are together. In principle, even if not in proximity. We may not all be in the same room, but we are all on the same page, and we are in touch with [11:10:43 AM] the same spirit. We love John Robert Lewis. [ Applause ] Come on. Give god preach. Come on. [ Applause ] [ Applause ] Let me just offer this. [11:11:43 AM] We praise god for John Lewis, but as we gather in this house, god be reminding that as a teenager, he actually used to preach to the chickens. I guess you have to start somewhere. At age 16, he preached what we call his trial sermon in a little country church, but as his life he preached sermons, he became one. He became a living, walking sermon about truth-telling and justice-making and he loved America until America learned how to love him back. [ Applause ] At a time when there is so much [11:12:44 AM] going on in our world, the new cycle is packed at a dizzying pace. In the last several days, it is as if time stood still while the nation takes its time to remember him. I rise a big ask in this call to celebration. What is it that calls us to slow down, to linger for a little while with so much swirling around us. We're summoned here because in a moment, when there are some in high office who are much better at division than vision who cannot lead us so they seek to divide us. In a moment when there is so much political cynicism and [11:13:48 AM] narcissism that masquerades as patriotism, here lies a true American patriot who risked his life and lived for the hope and the promise of democracy. [ Applause ] We celebrate John Lewis. Beaten and battered, but never bitter. On a bridge in Selma, he stared down bigotry and tyranny and won. How did he do it? The great-great-grandson of slaves, he received a spiritual power born of suffering that transcended human station and called upon the human law to more closely align itself with the law of love. Howard Thurmond said by some amazing, but vastly creative spirituality, the slave undertook the redemption of a religion that the master had profaned in his midst. John Lewis' ancestors met a man [11:14:50 AM] named Jesus in the brush of Alabama and Georgia and Mississippi and John Lewis received that faith and took it with him across that bridge in Selma, and every other bridge. We've come to celebrate John Lewis. [ Applause ] So let us be clear. When president Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law, what he etched in ink had already been sanctioned by blood, the blood of the martyrs, the blood of Cheney and Goodman, two Jews and an African-American who were murdered in Mississippi, the blood of Viola, the blood of John Lewis. We celebrate John Lewis. He was wounded for America's transgressions, bruised for our [11:15:55 AM] inequities. The chastisement of our peace was from him, and from his strikes we are healed, so let's remember him today and let's recommit tomorrow to standing together and fighting together, and voting together and standing up on behalf of truth and righteousness, together. We'll get through this together. Let's worship the lord. Let's worship the lord together. Thank god for John Robert Lewis. Let the nation say amen. >> All: Amen. >> And let the angels rejoice. >> Psalm 23 will now be read by [11:16:57 AM] a niece of John Lewis. >> Good morning. I will be coming from the 23rd number of psalms. The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake. Shall I walk through the valley of the shadows of death I shall fear no evil for thou are with me. Prepares the table before me and the presence of my enemies. My cup runeth over. Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever. Thank you. >> And now a new testament [11:17:59 AM] reading from Mrs. Roslyn king, another niece. Of Mr. Lewis. And you notice there they are disinfecting the mic after each speaker. >> Good morning. I will now be reading the first chronicles, 13th chapter. If I could speak all the languages of Earth and of angels but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of god's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. [11:19:00 AM] Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Prophesy and speaking in an unknown language, in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless, but love will last forever. Now our knowledge is partial, and incomplete, and even the gift of prophesy reveals only part of the whole picture, but when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child, but when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly like puzzling reflections in a [11:20:01 AM] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely just as god now knows me completely. Three things will last forever. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Thank you. >> Good morning. While we know that death is the great equalizer, we all recognize that each person's experience with it is different, and so I want to extend condolences to you, the siblings of John Lewis and the entire -- >> That's the daughter of martin Luther king. >> On behalf of the entire king [11:21:03 AM] family, including my aunt Christine, my dad's only living sibling who would have been here with us today but for covid, but rest assured, she is viewing us on television as we speak. Let us pray. Great and mighty god, creator of us all and sustainer of all things, we invoke you on this morning. We welcome you, holy spirit into this place. We humbly look to you in this hour for wisdom and strength and comfort as we celebrate the homegoing of your son and servant, congressman John Robert Lewis. Please, dear father, comfort this family and grant them a piece of god that passes all understanding. [11:22:03 AM] Surround them with your love. In the words of your servant, martin Luther king Jr. Who reminded us that death is not a period that ends this great sentence of life, but a comma which punctuates it to a lofty and higher significance, help us, oh god, to grasp that truth and see the magnitude of this moment, not merely as the death of a great soul, but as a divine message that says to each and every one of us on this Earth, be still and know that I am god. Hear me and heed my message in this hour that love even for an enemy is the only way to transform this world into a true brother and sisterhood. We thank you, god, for the life and legacy of congressman John Lewis who showed us this more excellent way of life. [11:23:05 AM] We thank you for honoring us with his presence and allowing our lives to intersect with his life. Be with his family. Be with those who struggle with him in that movement, and know that he continues to live on, in and through each and every one of them and each and every one of us. We praise you, oh, god for this nonviolent warrior who fought for true peace which daddy taught us is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice. (11:23:32) As we honor the life of congressman John Lewis, who shed blood on that Edmund Pettus bridge, that we might have the right to vote. Grant that we never again take that right for granted, and that we exercise it no matter what, and that we never again tamper with that right, overtaking this hour, our congress that they might restore voting rights [11:24:06 AM] protections in our nation. (11:24:02) As we honor the life of this nonviolent warrior who embodied the very spirit of Christ and showed us we have the power to resist evil and vitriol with the force of love and truth. We are eternally grateful, oh god that we lived among us for four score years and demonstrated on that bridge that physical force is no match for soul force. Grant us the capacity to follow his example to fight injustice without bitterness and hostility, but with a righteous indignation. Oh, god as Elijah asked for, and Elijah's anointing as he transition, let a portion of what John Lewis' life was about fall on us in this hour so that we can continue to get in good trouble. Anoint us with the double portion in this generation to [11:25:07 AM] get into good trouble until there is radical reform in policing in our nation. (11:25:07) Anoint us a double portion to get into good trouble until voter suppression is no longer apart of our body politic. Anoint us with the double portion to get into trouble until there is an equitable wage. Anoint us to get into good trouble until all labor is treated with dignity. Grant us oh father to get us into good trouble until the school, the prison pipeline is nonexistent and every child gets an equitable education. Dear god, grant us to get into good trouble until white supremacy around the world is uprooted in all of our policies and everyday practices no longer reflect white supremacy. Grant us a double portion, god, [11:26:08 AM] to get into good trouble until this nation truly becomes a compassionate nation because as daddy reminded us ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. Grant us, god, a double portion of anointing to get into good trouble until black bodies are no longer a threat in this world, and black lives have equitable representation, power and influence in every arena. Grant us finally, father god, that a double portion to get into good trouble until love becomes the way we live, the way we lead, the way we legislate, and until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness [11:27:10 AM] like a mighty stream. Thank you, oh god for this great man who lived among us who now joins the great cloud of freedom fighters, and lord we thank you for his life and his legacy, and we will continue to get into good trouble as long as you grant us the breadth to do so. It is the majestic in the mighty name Jesus the Christ that I do pray, and all of the people of god said together, amen. >> All: Amen. >> Dr. Bernice king invoking her father Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. On the causes of John Lewis' life. And now we will hear from Jennifer Holliday, only what you do from Christ will last. ?? [11:28:27 AM] ?? ?? ?? ? you may build great cathedrals ? ? large or small ? ? you may build skyscrapers, [11:29:29 AM] grand and tall ? ? you may conquer all the failures of your past ? ? oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? ? you may think earthly power, [11:30:32 AM] wealth and fame ? ? and the world might be impressed by your great name ? ? some glories of this life will all soon be pass ? ? oh, oh, oh, but only what you do for Christ will last ? [11:31:37 AM] ? remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? remember only, only, only, only what you do, yeah ? ? for Christ will last ? ? oh, only what you do it will counted ? ? in only what you do for Christ [11:32:43 AM] will last ? ? oh, remember only what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, remember, what you do, only what you do for Christ will last ? ? only what, only what you do, what you do for Christ will be counted ? [11:33:49 AM] ? only what you, what you do for Christ, oh, it's going last ? ? oh, it's going to last, yeah ? ? oh, only what you do, what you do for Christ will last ? ? oh, whoa, oh ? ? only what you do for Christ will last ?? ? yeah, only what you do, only [11:34:53 AM] what you do ?? [ applause ] >> Jennifer Holliday. Now the poem invictus, one of John Lewis' favorites, will be read by a young man named tyber Faw. >> Out of the night that covers me, black as a pit from pole to to pole, I think whatever god may be for my inconquerable soul. I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chants, my head is bloodied, but I'm bowed. Beyond this place of breath and tears, looms but the horror of [11:35:53 AM] the shade, and yet menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gay, how charged with punishment the scroll, I'm the master of my fate. I'm the captor of my soul. John Lewis was my hero, my friend, let's honor him by getting in good trouble. [ Applause ] >> Seven hours. He was greeted with a hug and kindness and friendship. >> Only the inconquerable spirit and the magnanimous soul of John Lewis could summon all of us together in this place at this [11:36:57 AM] time. Only John Lewis could compel three living American presidents to come to this house of god. [ Applause ] To celebrate his life. We are grateful that all of them are here. The honorable George W. Bush. [ Applause ] Who was president the last time we authorized the voting rights act. [ Applause ] The honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] [11:38:09 AM] And in just a little while, we'll hear from the honorable Barack Obama. [ Applause ] But the program will proceed as printed. President bush, president Clinton, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, and -- [ applause ] -- And another living saint among us, teacher and activist the reverend James Lawson. [ Applause ] [11:39:14 AM] >> Good morning. >> All: Good morning. >> Distinguished guests, John miles, Lewis family and friends, lord, I thank you for inviting us to be here today. John's story began on a tiny farm in Troy, Alabama, a place so small he said you could barely find it on the map. Why not talk to chickens? I did a little research. Every morning he would rise before the sun to tend to the flock of chickens. He loved those chickens. Already called to be a minister who took care of others, John fed them and tended to their every need, even their spiritual ones for John baptized them. He married them and he preached to them. When his parents claimed one for [11:40:18 AM] family supper, genre fused to eat one of his flock. Going hungry was his first act of nonviolent protest. He also noted in later years that his first congregation of chickens listened to him more closely than some of his colleagues in congress. John also thought that chickens were just a little more productive, at least they produced eggs, he said. From Troy to Nashville to the March on Washington, to Selma, John Lewis always looked outward, not inward. He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospel in word and indeed, [11:41:18 AM] insisting the word of hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope. John Lewis believed in the lord. He believed in humanity, and he believed in America. He's been called an American saint, a believer willing to give up everything. Even life itself to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life. That we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony, dignity and love, and the first crucial step on that journey was the recognition that all people are born in the image of god and carry a spark of the divine within them. Laura and I were privileged to see that spark in John up close. We worked with him to bring the national museum of African-American history and culture to the Washington mall. He was part of the Emmett till [11:42:21 AM] crimes act where justice had been too long denied. We will never forget joining him in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of his March across the Edmund Pettus bridge where we got to watch president Barack Obama thank John as one of his heroes. [ Applause ] There's a story in the old scriptures that meant a lot to John. In the hebrew bible, the lord is looking for a prophet. Whom shall I send, god wonders, and who will go for us? Isaiah answers, here am I. Send me. John Lewis heard that call a long time ago in segregated Alabama, and he took up the work of the lord through all his days. His lesson for us is that we all must keep ourselves open to the [11:43:21 AM] hearing -- open to hearing the call of love, the call of service and the call to sack -- sacrifice for others. Listen, (11:43:25) John and I had our disagreements of course, but in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action. [ Applause ] We the people including congressmen and presidents can have differing views on how to perfect our union while sharing the conviction that our nation however flawed is at heart a good and noble one. We live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis, and his abiding faith in the power of god, in the power [11:44:23 AM] of democracy and in the power of love to lift us all to a higher ground. The story that began in Troy isn't ending here today, nor is the work. (11:44:30) John Lewis lives forever in his father's house, and he will live forever in the hearts of Americans who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their god. May the flights of angels see John Lewis to his rest and may god bless the country he loved. [ Applause ] >> President George W. Bush said he had his differences with John Lewis. He also said he shared patriot with him. [11:45:26 AM] Now president William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] >> Thank you very much. First I thank John miles and the Lewis family and John's incomparable staff for a chance to say a few words about a man I loved for a long time. I am grateful in ebenezer, a [11:46:29 AM] holy place sanctified by both the faith and the works of those who worshipped here. I thank my friend reverend Bernice king who stood by my side and gave a fascinating sermon in one of the most challenging periods of my life. I thank president bush, president Obama, speaker Pelosi and representative Hoyer and representative Clyburn who I really thank for with the stroke of a hand, ending an intrafamily fight within our party, proving that peace is needed by everyone. [11:47:29 AM] Madam mayor, thank you. You have faced more than a fair share of challenges in these last few months, and you have faced them with candor and dignity and honor, and I thank you for that. [ Applause ] I must say for a fellow that got his start speaking to chickens, John's gotten a pretty finely organized and orchestrated and deeply deserved sendoff this last week. His homegoing has been something to behold. . [ Applause ] [11:48:30 AM] I think it's important that all of us who loved him remember that he was after all, a human being. A man like all other humans born with strengths that he made the most of when many don't. Born with weaknesses that he worked hard to beat down when many can't, but still a person. It made him more interesting, and it made him in my mind, even greater. 20 years ago we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Selma March, and we talked together along with Coretta and many others from the movement who are no longer with us. [11:49:32 AM] We are grateful for Andy young and reverend Jackson and Diane Nash and many others who survive, but on that day, I got him to replay for me a story he told me when we first met back in the 1970s. I said, you know, I was just an aspiring whatever southern politician and had been elected governor, and he was already a legend. So I said, John, what's the closest you ever actually came getting killed to doing this? He said, well, once we were in a demonstration and I got knocked out on the ground and people were getting beat up pretty bad and I looked up and there was a man hold a long, heavy piece of pipe and he lifted it and was clearly going to bring it right down into my skull, and at the [11:50:33 AM] very last second, I turned my neck away and then the crowd pushed him a little bit. A couple of seconds later, I couldn't believe it. I was still alive. I think it's important to remember that. First because he was a quick thinker, and secondly because he was here on a mission that was bigger than personal ambition. Things like that sometimes just happen, but usually they don't. I think three things happened to John Lewis long before we met and became friends that made him who he was. First the famous story of John with his cousins and siblings holding his aunt's hand, more [11:51:33 AM] than a dozen of them running around in their little old wooden house as the wind threatened to blow the house off its moorings. Going to the place where the house was rising and all those tiny bodies trying to weigh it down. I think he learned something about the power of working together, something that was more powerful than any instruction. Second, nearly 20 years later when he was 23, the youngest speaker and the last speaker at the March on Washington. When he gave a great speech urging to take to the streets across the south to seize the chance to finally end racism, and he listened to people that he knew had the same goals. [11:52:36 AM] Say, well, we have to be careful how we say this because we're trying to get converts, not more adversaries. Just three years later, he lost the leadership to Stokely Carmichael because he said, you know, I really -- I think it was a pretty good job for a guy that young, and he come from Troy, Alabama. It must have been painful to lose, but he showed as a young man there are some things that you cannot do to hang on to a position because if you do them, you won't be who you are anymore, and I say there were two or three years there where the movement went a little bit too far towards Stokely, but in [11:53:36 AM] the end, John Lewis prevailed. We are here today because he had the kind of character he showed when he lost an election. [ Applause ] And there was bloody Sunday. He figured he might get arrested, and this was really important not to, for all the reps citing things we all believe about John Lewis. We had a really good mind and he was always trying to figure out how can I make the most of every single moment. So he was getting ready to March from Selma to Montgomery. He wants to get across the bridge. What do we remember? [11:54:38 AM] He made quite a strange figure. He had a trench coat and a backpack. Now young people probably think it's no big deal, but there weren't that many backpacks back then, and you never saw anybody in a trench coat looking halfway dressed up with a backpack. But John put an apple, an Orange, a toothbrush, toothpaste in the backpack to take care of his body because he figured he would get arrested. And two books. One, a book on America's political tradition to feed his mind, and one, the autobiography of Thomas Merten, a roman-catholic monk who was the son of artists making an [11:55:38 AM] astonishing personal transformation. A young guy about to get his brains beat out and planning on going to prison. He's taking that. I think he figured if Thomas Merten could find his way and keep his faith and believe in the future, he, John Lewis could too. [ Applause ] And -- so we honor our friend for his faith and for living his faith which the scripture says is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things unseen. (11:56:18) John Lewis was a walking rebuke to people who thought well, we ain't there yet. We have been working a long time. Isn't it time to bag it? He kept moving. He hoped for and imagined and lived and worked and moved for his beloved community. He took a savage beating on more than one day, and he lost that backpack on bloody Sunday. Nobody ever knows what happened to it. Maybe someday someone will be stricken with conscience and give some of it back, but what it represented never disappeared from John Lewis' spirit. We honor that memory today because as a child, he learned to walk with the wind, to March with others to save a tiny house. Because as a young man he challenged others to join him with love and dignity to hold America's house down and open the doors of America to all its [11:57:41 AM] people. (11:57:36) We honor him because in Selma on the third attempt, John and his comrades showed that sometimes you have to walk into the wind along with with it. As he crossed the bridge and marched into Montgomery, but no matter what, John always kept walking to reach the beloved community. He got into a lot of good trouble along the way, but let's not forget he also developed an absolutely uncanny ability to heal troubled waters. When he could have been angry and determined to cancel his adversaries, he tried to get converts instead. He thought the open hand was better than the clenched fist. He lived by the faith and [11:58:44 AM] promise of St. Paul. Let us not grow weary in doing good for a new season we will reap if we do not lose heart. He never lost heart. He fought the good fight. He kept the faith, but we got our last letter today on the pages of "The New York Times." Keep moving. It is so fitting, on the day of his service. He leaves us, our marching quarters. Keep moving. 20 years ago when I came here after the Selma March to a big dinner honoring John and Lillian and John miles, you had a big afro, and it was really pretty. And your daddy was giving you grief about it and I said, John, let's don't get old too soon. I mean, if I had hair like that, [11:59:46 AM] I would have it down to my shoulders. But on that night, I was almost out of time and people were -- to be president, and people were asking me, well, if you could do one more thing, what would it be? What do youbecause I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was [12:00:48 PM] that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of [12:01:49 PM] us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. ------------ O you because I had many friends in Atlanta. I said if I could just do one thing, if god came to me tonight and said okay, your time is up. You got to go home. I'm not a genie, I'm not giving you three wishes. One thing, what would it be? I said I would infect every American with whatever it was that John Lewis got as a 4-year-old kid and took through a lifetime to keep moving and keep moving in the right direction and keep bringing other people to move and to do it without hatred in his heart. [12:01:05 PM] With a song, to be able to sing and dance. As John's brother Freddie said in Troy, keep moving to the ballot box, even if it's a mailbox. Keep moving to the beloved community. John Lewis was many things, but he was a man, a friend, sunshine in a storm. A friend who would walk the stoney roads that he asked you to walk. That would brave the rods he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of us will be free until all of us are equal. I just loved him. I always will. I'm so grateful that he stayed true to form. [12:02:06 PM] He's gone up yonder and left us with marching orders. I suggest, since he's close enough to god to keep his eye on the sparrow and us, we salute, suit up and March on. [ Applause ] >> Former president Bill Clinton has known John Lewis since the 1970s. The house speaker Nancy Pelosi who served in the congress with John Lewis since the 1980s. NANCY PELOSI >> Good day. I'm not sure morning, afternoon, whatever it is. It's an honor to be here with each and every one of you. Reverend, thank you for enabling [12:03:08 PM] us all to be here to honor and celebrate the life of John Lewis with three presidents of the United States. Isn't that exciting? President Clinton, president bush and soon president Obama here with us. On behalf of my colleagues as speaker of the house I'm pleased to bring greetings to each and everyone of you. I'm sad to bring condolences to the family. John, miles, the entire Lewis family, thank you for sharing John Lewis with us. I'm pleased to be here with so many members, 50, we would have had more except coronavirus prevented the church from allowing us to bring more. I hope they'll all stand. Members of the house of representatives. [ Applause ] Senators Harris and booker who [12:04:10 PM] are with us as well. [ Applause ] Among them Mr. Hoyer, served with John Lewis for over 30 years, over 30 years. [ Applause ] In our group we have senior members and we have members of our freshmen class. John convinced each one of us that we were his best friend in congress. We come with a flag flown over the capitol the night that John passed. When this flag flew there, it said good-bye. It waved good-bye to John, our friend, our mentor, our colleague, this beautiful man that we all had the privilege of [12:05:12 PM] serving with in the congress of the United States. So, again, we all bring our condolences to the family, to Michael Collins and John's staff who meant so very much to him. Thank you for your service to John Lewis. [ Applause ] There are many things we're grateful to the family for and the staff for and we commend them for, but let's acknowledge the stamina they've had to keep up with John, even as he passed on from Troy to Selma to Montgomery to Washington and now to Atlanta to be at rest. When John Lewis served with us, he wanted us to see the civil [12:06:14 PM] rights movement and the rest through his eyes. He told us so many stories. He taught us so much. He took us to Selma for two decades, Mr. President, he took us to Selma. You referenced 25 years. Some of us were there many times, including the 50th anniversary where president bush was, as well as president Obama. He wanted us to see how important it was, how important it was to understand the spirit of nonviolence. I hesitate to speak about nonviolence in the presence of the master himself, reverend Lawson who we'll be hearing from shortly. We were together just recently in Selma when he and John spoke in church. He taught the world really about nonviolence. I just want to say this, the [12:07:16 PM] word -- is a word that means in sand script two things. It means nonviolence and it means insistence on the truth. That is what John Lewis was all about. Nonviolently insisting on the truth. He insisted on the truth in national, in Selma, in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln memorial. He insisted on the truth wherever he went. He insisted on the truth in the congress of the United States. Every time he stood up to speak we knew that he was going to take us to a higher place of our understanding, of our responsibilities and what our opportunities were. He insisted no matter how, shall we say offended someone might be, that he would insist on the truth. What he said -- "In my life I [12:08:18 PM] have done all I can to demonstrate the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn," he says in this article "To let freedom ring." He always talked about truth marching on. He always worked for a more perfect union. *Pelosi Chokes Up* (12:08:37) Over the fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with John and I brought him this flag pin that I wear, one just like it. Why I did so on that fourth of July weekend was because it is engraved with something that says one country, one destiny. Now wasn't that what John Lewis was all about? One country, one destiny. I mention it because this was [12:09:23 PM] sewn into the lining of Abraham Lincoln's coat that he had on the night he left us. I think he had the coat on all the time, but also that night. John Lewis and Abraham Lincoln had so much in common. John -- we got to know him first and foremost in front of the Lincoln memorial when he made that beautiful, beautiful speech. John lay in state under the rotunda of the capitol, under the dome of the capitol on a platform that was made in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln. [ Applause ] Abraham Lincoln, John Lewis. [12:10:26 PM] So, they had lots of connections. By the way, just incidentally, they were both wonderful and spiritual and saintly, but they were both very good politicians. Think of John Lewis that way. You will know that. He always was about a more perfect union. And he was always about young people. That's why, Mr. President, that article you referenced in the "New York Times" today, his message that would be delivered at this time as he left us was about young people. He says to them "Together you can redeem the world," together. One nation, one destiny. He says in the article "Answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe in." Wasn't that just like John? [12:11:28 PM] We were very proud to have his voice in the rotunda speaking about all that he cared about and believed in in such a beautiful way starting in Troy. I started my remarks by talking about the flag that waved over the capitol to say good-bye to John as he began his passage. But what I want you to know, in addition to how revered he is in the congress, so revered that he was a bit mischievous. When he would say let's make some good trouble, he always had a twinkle in his eye. When he cooked up having the sit-in to get the Republican leadership to put the gun violence about on the floor, the floor was covered with people [12:12:29 PM] and it was thought for a moment the police might -- it was disruptive, good trouble. It was clear to them that if they were to arrest John Lewis for doing that, they were going to have to arrest the entire house democratic caucus. [ Applause ] When he spoke, people listened. When he led, people followed. We loved him very much. As his official family, we mourn him greatly. He shared so much of his love for his district, his family. The sadness when Lillian was sick, the joy he had in John and miles. As I said, we wave good-bye to this person, our leader, our friend, this, shall we say, [12:13:29 PM] humorous -- he loved to dance. He loved to make us laugh. Sometimes while he was dancing. He said my grand daughter Bella said to him did you ever sing in the civil rights movement? He said they asked me to sing solo one time. So low so nobody could hear me. Getting back to that flag waving good-bye to this person we just loved, officially, personally, in every way, politically too. The last night he was at the capitol it wasn't raining. Thousands of people were showing up to pay their respects. Little bit after 8:00 there was a double rainbow, a double rainbow. But it hadn't rained. It was a double rainbow over the casket. For us it was -- we waved [12:14:29 PM] good-bye when he started to leave us. He was telling us -- he was telling us I'm home in heaven. I'm home in heaven with Lillian. (12:14:38) We always knew he worked on the side of the angels and now he is with them. May he rest in peace. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, remembering with tears her friend John Lewis. The man she called the master of nonviolence. The man who mentored John Lewis, his friend James Lawson. [12:15:46 PM] 91 years old. He believed nonviolence would work in the civil rights era. [ Applause ] >> Thank you. Pastor, sisters and brothers, members of this Lewis family that is so wonderfully nurtured in love, hope, courage and faith and the rest of it. Sisters and brothers, a Polish [12:16:50 PM] catholic poet sets the tone at least in part for me as John Lewis has journeyed from the eternity of this extraordinary, mysterious human race into the eternity that none of us know very much about. When he wrote this poem called "Meaning" -- when I die, I will see the lining of the world, the other side beyond bird, mountain and sunset. The true meaning ready to be decoded, what never added up will now add up. What was incomprehensible will become comprehended. [12:17:53 PM] And, if there is no lining to the world, if a thrush on a branch is not a sign, but just a thrush on a branch. If night and day make no sense following each other and on this Earth there is nothing but the Earth. Even if that is so, there will remain a word wakened by the lips that perish, a tireless messenger who runs and runs through interstellar places, through revolving galaxies and calls out and protests and screams. I submit that John in that other eternity will be heard by us [12:18:54 PM] again and again running through the galaxies, still proclaiming that we the people of the usa can one day live up to the full meaning of we live these truths, live up to the meaning that we the people of the usa in order to perfect a more perfect union. John Lewis practiced not the politics that we call bipartisan. John Lewis practiced the politics that we the people of the U.S. Need more desperately than ever before, the politics of the declaration of Independence, the politics of the preamble to the constitution of the United States. [12:20:03 PM] I've read many of the so-called civil rights books of the last 50 or 60 years about the period between 1953 and 1973. Most of the books are wrong about John Lewis. Most of the books are wrong about how John got engaged in the national campaign of 1959 and '60. This is the 60th year of the sit-in campaign which swept into every state of the union, largely manned by students because we recruited students, but put on the map that the nonviolent struggle begun in Montgomery, Alabama. It was not an accident, but as [12:21:04 PM] martin king Jr. Called it, Christian love has power that we have never tapped and if we use it, we can transform not only our own lives but we'll transform the Earth in which we live. I counted as I moved to Nashville, Tennessee dropping out of graduate school in Nashville came people like Kelly Smith, Helen Roberts and John Lewis and Diane Nash, C.T. Vivian, Marion berry, Jim bevel, John Lafayette, Paulina knight, Angela butler. How all of us gathered in 1958 [12:22:07 PM] and '59, '60, '61 in the same city and same time, we did not plan it. We were all led there. When Kelly Miller Smith and the national Christian leadership council met in the fall of 1958 and we determined that if there's to be a second major campaign that will demonstrate the efficacy of soul force, of love truth, that we would have to do it in Nashville. So I planned as the strategist and organizer a four-point ghandi program to complete the [12:23:07 PM] campaign. We decided with great fear and anticipation we would desegregate downtown Nashville. No people anywhere else in the United States against a segregated system ever thought about desegregating downtown, tearing down the signs, renovating the waiting rooms, taking the immoral signs off drinking fountains. It was black women who made that decision for us in Nashville. I was scared to death when we made that decision. I knew nothing about how we were going to do this. I had never done it before. But we planned the strategy. [12:24:08 PM] John Lewis did not stumble in on that campaign. Kelly Miller Smith, his teacher at ABC, invited John to join the workshops in the fall of 1959 as we prepared ourselves to face violence and to do direct action and to put on the map the issue that the racism and the segregation of the nation had to end. So on the 60th anniversary of that sit-in campaign, which became the second major campaign of the nonviolent movement of America, those are not my words. John Lewis called what we did between 1953 and 1973 the nonviolent movement of America, not the crm. I think we need to get the story [12:25:08 PM] straight because words are powerful. History must be written in such a fashion that it lifts up truly the spirit of the John lewises of the world. [ Applause ] That's why I've chosen just to say a few words about it. Kelly Miller Smith invited John Lewis. I met a fifth student who told me about a student from Chicago who wanted to do something about those vicious signs. I said invite Diane Nash to the workshop in September because we're going to do something about those signs. I pushed this hard. Now John Lewis had no choice in the matter. You should understand that. [12:26:08 PM] Because all the stories we've heard this morning of John becoming a preacher, preaching to the chickens and other sorts of things, becoming ordained as a Baptist minister, something else was happening to John in those early years. John saw the malignancy of racism in Troy, Alabama. There formed in him a sensibility that he had to do something about it. He did not know what that was, but he was convinced he was called to do whatever he could do, get in good trouble, but [12:27:08 PM] stop the horror that so many folks lived through and in in this country in that part of the 20th century. John was not alone. Martin king had the same experience as a boy. I had the same experience from age 4 in the streets of maisland, Ohio. Matthew Mccullough a man whose name you don't know had the same experience. C.T. Vivian had the same experience. I maintain many of us had no choice to do, but we tried to do primarily because at an early age we recognized the wrong under which we were forced to live and we swore to god that by god's grace we would do whatever god called us to do in order to put on the table of the nation's [12:28:12 PM] agenda this must end. Black lives matter. [ Applause ] So between 1953 and 1973 we had major campaigns year after year. Thousands of demonstrations across the nation that supported it. We had folk in the congress, folk in the white house, folk scattered across the united States that were beginning to formulate the solutions for change. The media makes a mistake when John is seen only in relationship to the voting rights bill of '65. However important that is, you must remember that in the '60s Lyndon Johnson and the congress of the United States passed the most advanced legislation on behalf of we the people of the [12:29:14 PM] United States that was ever passed. Head start, billions of dollars for housing. We would not be in the struggle we are today in housing if president Reagan hadn't cut that billions of dollars for housing. Local churches and local nonprofits could build affordable housing in their own communities being sustained as finance by loans from the federal government. We passed medicare. We passed anti-poverty programs, civil rights bill '64, '65, voting rights bills, a whole array. (12:30:00) John Lewis must be understood as one of the leaders of the greatest advance of congress and the white house on behalf of we [12:30:15 PM] the people of the usa. [ Applause ] We do not need bipartisan politics if we're going to celebrate the life of John Lewis. We need the constitution to come alive. We hold these truths to be self-evident. We need the congress and the president to work unfaltering on behalf of every boy and every girl so every baby born on these shores will have access to the tree of life. That's the only way to honor John Robert Lewis. No other way. Let all of us in this service today, let all the people of the [12:31:17 PM] usa determine that we will not be quiet as long as any child dies in the first year of life in the United States. We will not be quiet as long as the largest poverty group in our nation are women and children. We will not be quiet as long as our nation continues to be the most violent culture in the history of human kind. We will not be quiet as long as our economy is shaped, not by freedom, but by plantation capitalism that continues to cause domination and control rather than access and liberty and equality for all. The forces of spiritual wickedness are strong in our [12:32:17 PM] land because of our history. We have not created them. John Lewis did not create them. We inherited them, but it's our task to see those spiritual forces -- I've named them. Racism, sexism, violence, plantation capitalism. Those poison and dominate far too many of us in many different ways. John's life was a singular journey from birth through the campaigns in the south and through congress to get us to see that these forces of wickedness must be resisted. Do not let our own hearts drink any of that poison. [12:33:19 PM] Instead, drink the truth of the life force. If we would honor and celebrate John Lewis' life, let us then use our souls, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our strength to the continuing journey to dismantle the wrong in our midst and to allow a space for the new Earth and new heaven to emerge. I close with this poem from Langston Hughes which is a kind of sign and symbol of what John Lewis represents and what we too can represent in our continuing [12:34:21 PM] journey. Langston Hughes. I dream a world where no human, no other human will scorn, where love will bless the Earth and test its path. I dream a dream where all will know sweet freedom's way, where greed no longer SAPs the soul, nor blights or day. A world I dream where black and white and yellow and blue and green and red and brown, whatever your race may be, will share the bounties of the Earth and every woman, man, boy and [12:35:23 PM] girl is free. Where wretchedness hangs its head and joy like a pearl attends the need of all human kind. Such a world I dream. Celebrate life. Dream and labor for an Atlanta, Los Angeles, United States and a world, that is to celebrate the spirit and the heart and the mind and soul of John Lewis and to walk with him through the galaxies seeking equality, liberty, justice and the beloved community for all. Thank you. [12:36:25 PM] [ Applause ] >> What a mind, what power from James Lawson, honoring the mind, spirit and soul of John Lewis. 91 years old. Pastor Warnick. >> Three living presidents with [12:37:26 PM] us today. We have heard from yet another. To the friends and family of congressman John Lewis, Rosalyn joins me in sending our condolences. Throughout his remarkable life John has been a blessing to countless people and we are proud to be among those whose lives he has touched. While his achievements are enjoyed by all Americans, we Georgians know him as our neighbor, friend and representative. His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Jimmy Carter. [12:38:31 PM] [ Applause ] >> Another musical selection from Kathleen Bertran, "If I can help somebody." ?? ?? ? if I can help somebody as I pass along ? ? if I can cheer somebody with a [12:39:35 PM] word or a song ? ? if I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:40:39 PM] ? yes, my living shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody as I pass along ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:41:43 PM] ? oh, if I can do my duty as a Christian ? ? if I can bring that beauty in a world of god ? ? if I could share love's message like the master taught ? ? then my living shall not be in [12:42:52 PM] vain ? ? then my living shall not be in vain ? ? yes, my living, yes, it shall not, shall not be in vain ? ? if I could help somebody, if I could help somebody as I pass [12:43:53 PM] along ? ? then my living, it shall not, then my living, it shall not, then his living, yes, shall not, hallelujah, his living, his living shall not, then my living shall not be in vain ? [12:45:04 PM] ? his living shall not be in vain ? [ applause ] >> Kathleen Bertrand. The next speaker, the founder of the trumpet foundation, long supported by John Lewis. First hugs we've seen today. >> I want to first call [12:46:06 PM] attention to the excellent job the media has done to inform us of John Lewis. Hasn't the media been tremendous in keeping us informed? [ Applause ] I've never seen such coverage, but John deserved it. I want to talk a moment in my presentation on John before he became famous. I met John when I came too Atlanta. Lillian miles and I came to Atlanta on the same day. She came to work for Atlanta university and I came to work for martin Luther king Jr. In the southern leadership [12:47:07 PM] conference. That's when I met John. Saw him all the time. We were all involved in the same quest for equity and justice in this America. I got a chance to see him all the time. I admired his fervor and all his tenacity. Lillian was single. So I decided that Lillian needed a good man, not just the bums who were approaching her. She was highly intellectual, well-travelled, well-educated and I wanted her to have someone who really would appreciate her skills and her talent. So I looked around and decided that I liked John. Lillian didn't like John particularly. So she thought he was kind of slow. I said, but, Lillian, he's busy. [12:48:11 PM] He's fighting the evils of the world and she said, yes, but. Well I decided, girl, listen, this boy is going places. Let's see what he can do to get this thing moving. So we decided -- well, I did, as her friend. That's what you do for friends. You have to help them out. So John had to go to the hospital for an examination and I said, oh, Lillian, this will be a good moment for us to be Florence nightingale. We went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of flowers and took it to the hospital. I said he'll be impressed because he was a little slow too. I said we'll go to the hospital and that would just impress him, that he will notice you more because you're bringing him flowers while he's in the [12:49:12 PM] hospital. Well, we got in the hospital. There was a young woman already there and she was stretching out his pillow and adjusting his comfort. Then Lillian said, oh, shoot. I said I already asked John, John, do you have a young woman you're especially interested in? He said, well, not really. I said that's not the answer I'm looking for. I want a more definitive answer because I got some things in mind. Well, you know John, was slow about -- well, not really. I decided on new year's eve, Lillian was single, as I said, and didn't have any plans. I said I'll have a dinner party and invite the two of them and maybe that will give us a chance. I was known as one who gave big [12:50:12 PM] parties. Lillian thought I was having a big party. John thought I was having a big party. When they got to my house, there was only room for three of us. The two of them and me. So now we're discussing the world and I'm hoping that they're going to get a little closer and closer. Well, when John didn't have a date on new year's eve, I knew he didn't have a commitment. Everybody has a date on new year's eve with somebody. I figured I'm ahead of the game. It's new year's eve, I got him. Then things started to happen. Still slowly, not fast enough for me, but I was patient. Finally Lillian said I do like him. I said, okay, I'm ready now. I'll set a date. Got her a dress ready. We're going to have a wedding. [12:51:14 PM] I'm not really sure -- I asked John not too long ago, did we ever ask her if you would take her? I don't think I gave him an opportunity to propose. We just had a wedding. [ Applause ] And so now it looks like things are going to be okay. We had a big wedding. I did all the planning because Lillian was still slow. I did all the planning. All the family came. We had a wedding. Now things were doing okay. She said, you know, I don't like the idea of that girl. Looks like she had some designs on John. I said, honey, don't run away from competition. We can handle competition. We'll get rid of that girl so fast she won't know what happened to her. And we did. [12:52:15 PM] And they got married. Well, I want you to know they were very happy, but when she found out -- Lillian as I said well-travelled, well-educated, but she didn't like politics. But, when John expressed an interest, Lillian got in there and became his strongest supporter. I mean, she did everything, everything to make his successes work for him and they did. Well, then John miles came along. He was the cutest little boy. Then she said -- they gave me the honor of being his godmother. I said, oh, that's nice. I heard of godmothers before. [12:53:16 PM] What does a godmother do? She said if something happens to me and John, we want you to take care of him. I said I got to feed him? John miles could eat as a kid. I said I got to feed him every day? They said yes. Then spank him when he acts up. Well, I agreed to that. John miles, do you mind, stand up? Stand up, John miles. That's John miles there now. Now, wait a minute. Take a good look at John miles. I'm 4'11". I'm almost 90 years old. There he is. I'm supposed to spank him when he doesn't do right? Now, when I walk up to John miles to give him a spanking, I got to get permission from him. [12:54:18 PM] Could I spank you? He's pretty big now. I loved John miles then and I love John miles now. I will take care of you and spank you whether you like it or not. [ Applause ] Lillian and John stayed married. I put it together, but it lasted 43 years. That's not a bad record, is it? They were happy and Lillian gave him every support a wife could ever give a partner. They gave love to John miles in the process. John was an unusual individual. Ambassador young sitting over [12:55:20 PM] here. We all loved him all the time. His sincerity was apparent. He worked hard and he said that he wasn't going to stop. I don't need to tell you anything about John. All of you knew him. All of you know his fervor and his commitment to equity and the love he had for everybody. And I want us to look at the John we thought we knew, the John who convinced us we knew the real man because he was constant. I asked him one time, John, what in the world is bad trouble? I said, when I was a young girl, my sister and I every time we [12:56:26 PM] went on a date, have a good time, but don't get in trouble. We didn't know nothing else other than trouble isn't good. John said the good trouble is when your mother says don't get in trouble, find the ways to right the wrongs of our society. He did a pretty decent job of that. [ Applause ] During this week John was on television all day every day. I love young people. I had an opportunity -- people know I love young people. I was invited to speak to a group of kids. I said to them, as you're watching television, I want you to know that's not a public relations program you're watching. That's the story of a man who lived the life they're talking [12:57:28 PM] about. John made a decision on the kind of life he was going to live. I said to those young people, you have the responsibility of making your life have the meaning you want it to be. You can either decide to be the bank robber or the bank owner. It's your choice. The man you're seeing on television decided that his life was going to have a quality to it. Do as much as you can as long as you can as often as you can because that's what John Lewis did. We won't forget John. But I would want to tell you, don't sit here and listen to these praises. [12:58:29 PM] Don't forget what you read in the newspapers of how wonderful he was. Do something about the man he asked us to be in ourselves and that is be kind to everybody. Love everybody. Speak up and speak out. I don't need to tell you. You know what he said. What you can do, and I want to advise you and admonish you, to really give meaning to the John we love. Vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Talking about the love story of John Lewis and his work. William clay Campbell, the former mayor of the city of Atlanta. [12:59:47 PM] >> To John miles, presidents Clinton and Obama, speaker Pelosi, madam mayor, Romans 8:18 tells us for I consider the sufferings of the present time to not be worthy of the glory which shall be revealed to us. When I met John Lewis over 40 years ago, our lives intersected because in 1960 he came to my hometown, Raleigh, north Carolina to form snick at a small black college, Shaw university, where my father who was president of the naacp led nightly civil rights demonstrations. Again, in 1963 our lives [1:00:47 PM] intersected because my father returned from the March on Washington and he began raving about a speaker, young John Lewis, who electrified the crowd. So imagine when I finally met him in Atlanta in 1976 as a young law student, it was a transcendent moment like meeting an historical figure, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin who wrote the declaration of Independence, but here was someone who made a nation live up to those words along with martin king, C.T. Vivian. John had an integrity and a purity which was like a halo. Somehow this extended to everyone who was in his orbit, [1:01:52 PM] myself included. That's the reason the nation has paused from pandemic and protests and politics to bid him farewell today. Virtually every news organization has hailed John as a civil rights hero. John was a women's rights hero. A gay rights hero. A senior's rights hero. A worker's hero. John wasn't on the right side of history. History was on the right side of John Lewis. [ Applause ] In his spare time he introduced the legislation to create the African-American history museum and he fought the bigots in congress for 15 years. [1:02:53 PM] One of his proudest moments was standing at the dedication of that monumental structure four years ago. For those who wondered if perhaps his time had passed, with his body ravaged with cancer, so frail and fragile that he yielded to a cane in what he surely knew would be his last public appearance, he summoned the strength to walk to the middle of black lives plaza in Washington, D.C. To express his solidarity and support for the young protesters who had begun to change America as John Lewis did as a young man. They say that the victors write history. I declare today the history of the 20th century as it is written, John Lewis will stand beside ghandi, king and Mandela as one of the great freedom fighters of human kind. [ Applause ] [1:03:57 PM] While the nation mourns a great leader, I will miss a dear, loving and loyal friend who allowed me the extraordinary privilege to walk along beside of a living saint, St. Lewis. In the last days of his life when we both knew that death was imminent, I desperately wanted to tell John about how much he meant to me and the country. In a solemn moment he pulled me close and whispered everyone has to vote in November. It's the most important election ever. [ Applause ] I promised him with every fiber in my body I would tell everyone if you truly want to honor this humble hero, make sure you vote. [1:04:59 PM] First tells us when faith hope and love remain, the greatest of these is love. John Lewis was love. Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels carry thee. >> Former mayor of Atlanta, bill Campbell. Long-time friend of John Lewis with his last words. We'll now hear from Janelle Thompson who served as deputy chief of staff for the [1:06:11 PM] congressman. >> Good afternoon. I have on two masks because I have Mr. Lewis' voice in my head and he would say be particular. My name is jamella Thompson. On behalf of the staff I would like to thank John miles and the entire Lewis family for the honor and the privilege of sharing the congressman and Mrs. Lewis, who was his partner in life and in public service with generations of his staff for the last 33 years in the celebration of his life and legacy. The congressman would want me to tell you, as I like at you today in his favorite color, you look good. You look fresh. You look clean. You look beautiful. Thank you. We are honored to serve you. [1:07:11 PM] We were honored to serve him. We would also like to express our sincere and great appreciation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leader, the majority whip, the clerk of the house of representatives, the office of employee assistance, the congressional black caucus and all of your amazing staff for your patience and your guidance during this very difficult time. People always ask us what was it like to work for congressman Lewis. What was he like up close? What was he like in real life? It is too difficult to explain. Our answer was always the same. He's just as you may imagine, but better and that no day was ever the same. What you know about the [1:08:13 PM] congressman is true. He was a gentlemen. He was of the people and a peaceful soul. When he came into the office every day, he would greet every staffer, every intern with a good morning, sir, good morning, ma'am. He would end every successful speech, thank you young brother. Thank you sister. Thank you my child or my dear. As staff we felt it was our duty to maintain a space where the congressman could be completely and wholly himself. In college we say there's the freshman 15 you gain. In our office there was the John Lewis 20. He and Michael would bring in lunch and far too often dessert because some cake, pie or brownie would be calling out to them and they would want everyone to come together and sit down and share a meal. [1:09:15 PM] We were a little family, a little enclave. A lot of drama, a lot of fun, and so much love. He broke down those work barriers and welcomed our parents, our spouses, our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and at the nephews into the circle. Sometimes the world got a little glimpse of our nest during these gatherings and certain videos may go viral. We were like a well-oiled machine when it came to policy and case work. Although we were like that in public, he enjoyed stirring things up in the office. You might call him a little bit of an instigator. [1:10:16 PM] He would get us in trouble with Michael, try and corner us with questions and stir things up. With time, you knew not to take the bait and you would learn to say, oh, no, congressman, you're not going to get me today. He would laugh. I think that's what I'm going to miss the most. I'm going to miss his laugh. Not the one you see on television, but the one where he would be sitting back shooting the wind and he would throw back his head and laugh from his heart, from his belly, from his soul. So many workers are often taught to be invisible. With Mr. Lewis he always saw you and made you feel special and worthy. Dr. King and Rosa parks spent time with him as a teenager and [1:11:16 PM] it changed the course of his life. I believe he spent every waking moment paying it forward. He could be absolutely exhausted, but still take one more picture, spend one more moment, especially with young people. This meant that we were always, always, always behind schedule. So the very first lesson in staffing of the congressman was to learn to operate on John Lewis time, which translates into late, but trusting that it would always work out. As he told everyone, he could out walk the entire staff. So our duty was to keep up. When it was time to move, we did. When it was time to be present and the congressman needed a little bit of quiet, we would try to create that space. [1:12:16 PM] He would slow down to appreciate and absorb the majesty of the moment for his own mental archives. Just as we tried to preserve the sanctity of his space, he allowed us to be our true and authentic selves. He found staff who were unique and represented a little bit of his personality and what he needed to compliment it. We made our ways to Mr. Lewis through random paths. Coincidences, strategies and for believers through divine intervention. He didn't hire based on a resume, but your energy, your passion and your potential. We were a group of musicians, air traffic controllers, photographers, dancers social workers, entertainers, artists, [1:13:17 PM] historians and every once in a while an actual lawyer or a political scientist. He got all into our business and was there in spirit, or in person, for the big moments. In the same way that he always took a call from Mrs. Lewis or John miles, he let us drop everything for a family emergency. Generations of children have fond memories of hanging out in his office as their parents worked nearby. He let us be ourselves, especially when it came to civic participation. He let us organize, protest, testify and always, always, [1:14:18 PM] always vote. We tried to absorb his energy and his lessons. To my knowledge, three staff served him for over 20 years. Ruth Burke, tiwari butler and first cousin Michael Collins. May you please stand. [ Applause ] There's a whole generation of staff right behind them at 19, 15, 17, 12, 14 years. Ruth Riley, Brenda Jones, [1:15:26 PM] Rochelle o'neil. Linda chasetain. Although some of you and some people moved on, you couldn't really because his spirit was in you forever. His voice was always in our head. Be kind, be mindful, be particular. Make it plain. Make it simple. Make it sing. Working for him was a little bit of a nightmare sometimes because no matter how hard we worked, he always worked harder. Every single day he woke up at the crack of dawn, watched the news and read the newspapers. His memory was like a living [1:16:32 PM] which means he forgot nothing. He expected us to be informed with facts from primary sources, not hearsay. He would ask what constituents were calling and writing about and add that information to his endless archives. You learned the hard way or the subtle way because he was not direct. When he asked you a question, he usually knew the answer. He wanted to see whether or not you could represent him and his constituents. When preparing for a big vote or a big speech, he would drop a subtle hint. Have you read this poem, this speech, a book, some scripture? Do you remember this painting? Then he would say let's come back and talk about it later on. This little hint would prepare you for the aftermath of those [1:17:34 PM] executive sessions he had with himself. After those sessions we would learn how and in which direction the spirit moved him. Then we would have our marching orders. He would take the essence of a complicated policy and make it accessible and real to the people. The congressman loved serving on the ways and means committee. He always showed up. He hated to miss votes on the floor. Let me say that again. He could not stand to miss votes. The voice messages I have from him about the votes that he was about to miss are still on my phone to this day. This is the reason why we are so thankful that congressman kilde and his staff were willing to serve and help us cast these ballots during this pandemic and [1:18:36 PM] to serve as his proxy. The congressman would walk the halls, or sit in committee, or sit in the office and he loved the beauty of the house of representatives. He loved the closeness to the people and the complicated status of our nation. Every visitor our office received a full dose of southern hospitality, the offer of a Georgia coke, some peanuts, a brief tour of his office and some time on our beloved balcony with its stunning view of the capitol. While he loved his country, the record should be clear on his immense pride in representing Georgia's fifth congressional district. He was so proud to represent metro Atlanta and all of its cities, all its counties and all its people. He was on a mission to serve, to make them feel heard, respected [1:19:37 PM] and represented regardless of where they fell on the political spectrum. The constituents were a compass and congressman Lewis worked around the clock to find solutions to their challenges. When it came to public service and public policy, his name did not need to be on the headlines or on the frontlines. It was the action and the results that mattered. Not every problem needs a bill. He could always find compromise without compromising his values or his principles when the challenge presented itself. He played the long game and he knew every trick in the book and he expected the staff to fight in a nonviolent manner for the people. When constituents were concerned [1:20:37 PM] about the rights of soviet jewelry, he took action. When faced with equality in health services he advanced changes to reduce the cost for life-saving care. Especially for the issues that affected communities of color like kidney disease and COPD. When workers faced pension issues, he found ways to give them security. When families were separated by immigration policies, he worked around the clock to reunite them. When people couldn't get their social security checks, he fought to make that happen. When tax payers were struck and struggled with an outdate bureaucracy of the irs he worked to modernize the entire agency. When he heard from frustrated veterans, he fought for their respect, their earned benefits and their care. When he saw an alarming increase in abusive relationships, he [1:21:38 PM] developed strategies to stop the cycle before it began. When some tried to eliminate the U.S. Institute of peace, he found a way to keep that building and the prospect and the hope of peace still alive. When he was worried about the state of our globe for generations yet unborn, he introduced the environmental justice act. When looking at the rights of marginalized communities around the world, he worked to diversify the face of our diplomacy and insert empathy and standards to our global policies. When people complained about I am moveable lines to vote he co-wrote the voters act. The list is too long to recognize his legislative policies and success and impact he has on people around the world. As we sit in this historic space [1:22:38 PM] and as you drive-through metro Atlanta and you feel the greatness of his legacy, historic preservation and civic education, I ask that you hold that in your heart and your soul and your spirit. He felt that we needed to know and study our history to make sure that we never repeated it. He was both human and divine. It's so difficult to explain the magnitude, the genius, the gentle grace of this man. I would ask at this moment for the staff to take a stand please so that you can see and know just a sample of who we are. [ Applause ] Former staff. [1:23:47 PM] Thank you. A few years ago we had a reunion. We realized there aren't that many staff. We have a lot of interns and fellows, but the congressman held us close. I don't think there are many offices where you have the opportunity to hold your boss' hand and adjust his tie and tell every person that you loved them. He created this space. He created this family. As a staff, we are heart broken. We are lost. We know that the work continues, the fight remains. We cannot, we must not get lost in the sea of despair. So, if asked how you may honor the congressman, I will echo the words of the greats who stood here before. You can make sure that his work, his sacrifice, his message lives on and that there are actions that every person can do [1:24:48 PM] regardless of their age or station in life. Be kind. Be mindful. Recognize the dignity and the worth of every human being. Be the best version of yourself. Be informed. Stay engaged. Even though the work is hard. If you are of age and eligible, for the love of god, please vote. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Life and legacy of the man she worked for so closely. How lovely to be remembered as an icon, someone you imagined, but better. Now Sheila Lewis o'brien, a niece of congressman Lewis. [1:26:02 PM] >> Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Sheila o'brien. I am the sixth niece of congressman John Lewis. To each distinguished guest, member of clergy, family and friends, on behalf of the Lewis family we would like to say thank you from the very depths of our hearts at the outcome of love, support, words of encouragement and prayer. The honor, the respect, the comradery that has been bestowed upon the Lewis family will never be forgotten. We would like to give a thanks to chief of staff, Michael Collins, who has now become first cousin -- [ applause ] -- And to each staff member that's worked tirelessly with and for congressman Lewis, especially during this time. [1:27:02 PM] Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for all that you have done, especially for our cousin John miles. I'm here to pay tribute to a man that was larger than life. To the world he is known as the honorable congressman Lewis. To his family he's known as Robert. To his nieces and nephews he's known as uncle Robert. Uncle Robert loved his family. We loved him. He was a son to our grandparents Eddie Lewis who we called grand daddy buddy and Willie may Lewis who we called ma. He was the husband to aunt Lillian, the father to one son, our cousin, John miles, and the brother to a lot of siblings. Too many to name right now. We don't have time. [1:28:04 PM] While we knew how important he and his work was to the world, when we were with him, we saw uncle Robert. We saw the man that enjoyed spending time with his family, reminiscing about days gone by, catching up on family dynamics, enjoying a good meal, sharing laughter and love. We, like the world, knew that John Robert Lewis personified hope, courage, bravery and shear humanitarianism. As we all know before he was chosen to congress, yes, I say chosen, the word of god tells me that many are called, but few are chosen. His first call was to that of the civil rights movement. For the last 60 years as a nonviolent civil rights activist he was a voice for those who couldn't speak, the feet for those who couldn't walk and the [1:29:05 PM] champion of injustice for those that couldn't fight. He along with many other civil rights icons became the change agents that the world so desperately needed. As a member of congress, he was known as the conscious of congress. He has been recognized, revered and held to the highest esteem for the work he's done. He broke barriers. He tore down walls. He defied stereotypes and refused to be moved from his stance on injustice, liberty and freedom. He made time for everyone and was always picture ready. He did not miss an opportunity for a photo op or to just take a few moments to talk to his constituents or to those that revered him. His love was contagious and could be felt each time you were in his presence. Over the last several days, listening to the numerous [1:30:07 PM] accomplishments, some of which he labored for years over, it is evident why his life is being celebrated at this magnitude. He truly made an impact, not just on America, but on the world. Today we celebrate the life of congressman John Lewis, our uncle Robert, the man who labored, the man who taught, the man who walked, fought, knelt, sat, held hands with both blacks and whitings, bled, lifted his voice, bent his knees and was willing to give up his life for a righteous cause. Let's continue this celebration of life by taking up the baton he has now laid down and endeavored to get into trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble. Let's not give up. Let's not give in. Let's never give out. Let's keep the faith, keep our [1:31:10 PM] eyes on the prize. Rest in power, uncle Robert. May your legacy live on and never die. We believe you have heard the words from our heavenly father. Well down, my good and faithful servant. I say to all of us, weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Guess what? It's morning time. [ Applause ] >> Sheila Lewis o'brien. We will now hear again from Jennifer holiday singing "Take my hand precious lord." [1:32:14 PM] >> A few years ago congressman John Lewis attended the inauguration of an American president. Although he had seen many presidents, he made a beeline to this president and asked him to sign his program. He signed the program in this way, because of you, John, it's my esteem honor to welcome back to the ebenezer pulpit the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Before he comes, Jennifer holiday will come once again. "Take my hand precious lord, lead me on." ?? ?? [1:33:23 PM] ? precious lord, take my hand ? ? lead me on, let me stand ? ? I am tired ? ? I am weak ? OBAMA STARTS 13:40:00 >> Jennifer holiday. There's the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. He's entering the sanctuary. [ Applause ] [1:40:07 PM] >> James wrote to the believers, considerate it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, so you may mature and complete, lacking nothing. It is a great honor to be back at ebenezer Baptist church at the pulpit of its greatest [1:41:09 PM] pastor, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., to pay my respects to perhaps his finest disciple. An American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable spirit, John Lewis. To those who spoke, presidents bush and Clinton, madam speaker, reverend Warnick, reverend king, John's family, friends, his beloved staff, mayor bottoms, I've come here today because I, like so many Americans, owe a great debt to John Lewis and his forceful vision of freedom. Now this country is a constant work in progress. We're born with instructions to form a more perfect union. Explicit in those words is the idea that we're imperfect, that what gives each new generation purpose is to take up the unfinished work of the last and carry it further than any might have thought possible. 134256 John Lewis, first of the freedom riders, head of the student nonviolent coordinating committee, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, leader of the March from Selma to Montgomery, member of congress representing the people of this state and this district for 33 years, mentor to young people, including me at the time, until his final day on this Earth. He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life's work. Which isn't bad for a boy from Troy. [1:43:48 PM] John was born into modest means. That means he was poor. In the heart of the Jim crow south to parents who picked somebody else's cotton. Apparently he didn't take to [1:44:15 PM] farm work. On days when he was supposed to help his brothers and sisters with their labor, he would hide under the porch and make a break for the school bus when it showed up. His mother Willie Mae Lewis nurtured that curiosity in this shy, serious child. Once you learn something, she told her son, once you get something inside your head, no one can take it away from you. As a boy, John listened through the door after bedtime as his father's friends complained about the clan. One Sunday as a teenager he heard Dr. King preach on the radio. As a college student in Tennessee, he signed up for Jim [1:45:17 PM] Lawson's workshop on the tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. John Lewis was getting something inside his head. An idea he couldn't shake. Took hold of him. Nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience were the means to change laws, but also change hearts and change minds and change nations and change the world. So he helped organize the Nashville campaign in 1960. He and other young men and women sat at a segregated lunch counter. Well-dressed, straight back, refusing to let a milkshake poured on their heads or a cigarette extinguished on their backs, or a foot aimed at their [1:46:22 PM] ribs, refused to let that dent their dignity and their sense of purpose. After a few months, the Nashville campaign achieved the first successful desegregation of public facilities in any major city in the south. John got a taste of jail for the first, second, third -- well, several times. But he also got a taste of victory and it consumed him with righteous purpose. He took the battle deeper into the south. That same year, just weeks after the supreme court ruled that segregation of interstate bus facilities was unconstitution, [1:47:25 PM] John and Bernard Lafayette bought two tickets, climbed aboard a greyhound and refused to move. This was months before the first official freedom rides. He was doing a test. Trip was unsanctioned. Few knew what they were up to. At every stop through the night, apparently the angry driver stormed out of the bus and into the bus station and John and Bernard had no idea what he might come back with or who he might come back with. Nobody was there to protect them. There were no camera crews to record events. [1:48:31 PM] You know, sometimes, rev, we read about this and we kind of take it for granted, or at least we act as if it was inevitable. (13:48:43) Imagine the courage of two people Malia's age, younger than my oldest daughter, on their own to challenge an entire infrastructure of oppression. John was only 20 years old, but he pushed all 20 of those years to the center of the table. Betting everything, all of it, that his example could challenge centuries of convention and generations of brutal violence [1:49:33 PM] and countless daily indignities suffered by African-Americans. Like John the Baptist preparing the way, like those old testaments prophets speaking truth to kings, John Lewis did not hesitate and he kept on getting on board buses and sitting at lunch counters. Got his mugshot taken again and again. Marched again and again on a mission to change America. Spoke to a quarter million people at a March on Washington when he was just 23. Helped organize the freedom summer in Mississippi when he was just 24. At the ripe old age of 25, John [1:50:37 PM] was asked to lead the March from Selma to Montgomery. He was warned that governor Wallace ordered troopers to use violence. But he and Jose Williams and others led them across that bridge anyway. We've all seen the film and the footage and the photographs. President Clinton mentioned the trench coat, the nap sack, the book to read, the apple to eat, the tooth brush. Apparently jails weren't big on such creature comforts. You look at those pictures and John looks so young. He's small in stature. [1:51:37 PM] Looking every bit that shy, serious child that his mother raised. Yet, he's full of purpose. God put pesevarance in him. We know what happened to the marchers that day. Their bones were cracked by Billy clubs. Their eyes and lungs choked with tear gas. They knelt to pray, which made their heads easier targets. John was struck in the skull. He thought he was going to die. Surrounded by the sight of young Americans gagging and bleeding and trampled, victims in their [1:52:38 PM] own country of state-sponsored violence. The thing is I imagine initially that day the troopers thought they won the battle. You can imagine the conversations they had afterwards. [ Applause ] You can imagine them saying, yeah, we showed them. They figured they turned the protesters back over the bridge, that they kept, that they preserved a system that denied the basic humanity of their fellow citizens. Except this time there were some cameras there. This time the world saw what [1:53:38 PM] happened, bore witness to black Americans who were asking for nothing more than to be treated like other Americans. They were not asking for special treatment, just equal treatment, promised to them a century before and almost another century before that. When John woke up and checked himself out of the hospital, he would make sure the world saw a movement that was, in the words of scripture, hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but in the abandoned. [1:54:39 PM] Struck down, but not destroyed. [ Applause ] He retired to brown chapel, a battered prophet, bandages around his head. He said more marchers will come now, and the people came, and the troopers parted, and the marchers reached Montgomery. Their words reached the white house. Lyndon Johnson, son of the south, said we shall overcome, and the voting rights act was signed into law. (13:55:30) The life of John Lewis was in so many ways exceptional. It vindicated the faith in our founding, redeemed that faith. The most American of ideas, the idea that any of us, ordinary people without rank or wealth or title or fame, can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation and come together and challenge the status quo, decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals. What a radical idea. What a revolutionary notion. The idea that any of us, ordinary people, a young kid from Troy can stand up to the [1:56:48 PM] powers and principles and say no, this isn't right, this isn't true, this isn't true. We can do better. On the battlefield of justice Americans like John, Americans like reverends lowery and C.T. Vivian, two other patriots we lost this year, liberated all of us, the many Americans came to take for granted.(13:57:30) America was built by people like them. America was built by John lewises. [ Applause ] (13:57:44) He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals. And some day, when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form a more perfect union, whether it's years from now or decades or even if it takes another two centuries, John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America. [ Applause ] And, yet as exceptional as John was, here's the thing, John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do. I mentioned in the statement the [1:58:53 PM] day John passed, thing about John was how gentle and humble he was. And, despite this storied, remarkable career, he treated everyone with kindness and respect because it was innate to him, this idea that any of us can do if we're willing to persevere. He believed that in all of us there exists the capacity for great courage. That in all of us there's a longing to do what's right, that in all of us, there's a willingness to love all people [1:59:54 PM] and extend to them their god given rights to dignity and respect. So many of us lose that sense. It's taught out of us. We start feeling as if, in fact, we can't afford to extend kindness or decency to other people, that we're better off if we're above other people and looking down on them and so often that's encouraged in our culture, but John always said -- he always saw the best in us, and he never gave up and never stopped speaking out because he saw the best in us. He believed in us even when we didn't believe in ourselves. [2:01:03 PM] And as a congressman he didn't rest. He kept getting himself arrested. As an old man, he didn't sit out any fight, sat in all night long on the floor of the united States capitol. I know his staff was stressed. [ Laughter ] But the testing of his faith produced perseverance. He knew that the March is not over, that the race is not yet won, that we have not yet reached that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character. 140143 He knew from his own life that progress is fragile. That we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history, of our own history, where there are whirlpools of violence and hatred and despair that can always rise again. Bull conner may be gone but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. 140225 George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. [ Applause ] We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but (14:02:58) even as we sit here there are those in power who are doing their damndest to discourage people from voting 140309 By closing polling locations and targeting minorities -- [applause over speaker, cannot verify this snapstream --and students with restricted I.D. Laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that's going to be dependent on mail-in ] 140331 --- ballots so people don't get sick. I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say we shouldn't dwell on such things, but that's why I'm talking about it. (14:03:53) John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now. [2:04:13 PM] He knew that every single one of us has a god given power and that the faith of this democracy depends on how we use it that, democracy isn't automatic. It has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to. We have to work at it. It's hard. And so he knew that it depends on whether we summon a measure, just a measure of John's moral courage to question what's right and what's wrong. And call things as they are. [2:05:07 PM] He said that as long as he had a breath in his body he would do everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy, not just with elections but a true democracy, a representative democracy and a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America of perpetual self-creation, then we're going to have to be more like John. We don't have to do all the things he had to do because he did them for us, but we got to do something. As the lord instructed Paul, do not be afraid, go on speaking, do not be silent for I am with [2:06:10 PM] you and no one will attack you to harm you for I have many in this city who are my people. It's just everybody's got to come out and vote. We got all those people in the city, but they can't do nothing. Like John we've got to keep getting into that good trouble. He knew that nonviolent protests is patriotic, a way to raise public awareness and put a spotlight on injustice and make the powers that be uncomfortable, like John, we don't have to choose between protests and politics. It's not an either/or situation, it's a both and situation. We have to engage in protests where that's effective but we also have to translate our [2:07:12 PM] passion and our causes into laws, institutional practices. That's why John ran for congress 34 years ago. Like John we've got to fight even harder for the most powerful tool that we have, which is the right to vote. The voting rights act is one of the crowning achievements of our democracy. It's why John crossed that bridge. It's why he spilled his blood and by the way, it was the result of democratic and Republican efforts. President bush, who spoke here earlier, and his father signed its renewal when they were in office. President Clinton didn't have to because it was the law when he [2:08:15 PM] arrived, so instead he made a law to make it easier for people to register to vote. But once the supreme court weakened the voting rights act, some state legislators unleashed a flood of laws designed specifically to make voting harder, especially by the way state legislators where there is a lot of minority turnout and population growth. That's not necessarily a mystery or an accident. It was an attack on what John fought for, it was an attack on our democratic freedoms and we should treat it as such. If politicians want to honor John and I'm so grateful for the [2:09:18 PM] legacy and work of all the congressional leaders who are here, but there's a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John ? let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for. [ Applause ] And, by the way, naming it the John Lewis voting rights act, that is a fine tribute, but John wouldn't want us to stop there, just trying to get back to where we already were. Once we pass the John Lewis voting rights act, we should keep marching to make it even better. [ Applause ] [2:10:19 PM] By making sure every American is automatically registered to vote including former inmates who have earned their second chance. By adding polling places and expanding early voting and making election day a national holiday so if you are somebody who is working in a factory or you're a single mom who's got to go to her job and doesn't get time off, you can still cast your ballot. By guaranteeing that every American citizen has equal representation in our government including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C. And in Puerto Rico, they're Americans. [ Applause ] [2:11:19 PM] By ending some of the partisan gerrymandering so that all voters have the power to choose their politicians, not the other way around and if all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim crow relic in order to secure the god given rights of every American, then that's what we should do. [ Applause ] Now, even if we do all this, even if every bogus voter suppression law is struck off the books today, we got to be honest with ourselves that too many of us choose not to exercise the franchise. Too many of our citizens believe their vote won't make a difference or they buy into the cynicism that by the way is the central strategy of voting [2:12:21 PM] suppression to make you discouraged to stop believing in your own power. So we're also going to have to remember what John said, if you don't do everything you can do to change things, then they will remain the same. You only pass this way once. You have to give it all you have. As long as young people are protesting in the streets, hoping real change takes hold, I'm hopeful, but we can't casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one. We can't treat voting as an errand to run if we have some time. We have to treat it as the most important action we can take. [2:13:24 PM] On behalf of democracy and like John, we have to give it all we have. (14:13:40) I was proud that John Lewis was a friend of mine. I met him when I was in law school. He came to speak. And I went up and I said, Mr. Lewis, you are one of my heroes. What inspired me more than anything as a young man was to see what you and reverend Lawson, Bob Moses, Diane Nash and others did and he got that kind of aw shucks, thank you very much. [ Laughter ] Next time I saw him, I had been [2:14:28 PM] elected to the United States senate and I told him, John, I'm here because of you. And on inauguration day in 2008/2009, he was one of the first people I greeted and hugged on that stand and I told him, this is your day too. He was a good and kind and gentle man and he believed in us. Even when we don't believe in ourselves. And it's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was on zoom and I'm pretty sure neither he nor I set up the zoom call because we didn't know [2:15:28 PM] how to work it. It was a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who had been helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. And afterwards I spoke to John privately and he could not have been prouder to see this new generation of activists standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation that was intent on voting and protecting the right to vote. In some cases a new generation running for political office, and I told him all those young people, John, of every race and every religion from every background and gender and sexual orientation, John, those are your children. They learned from your example. Even if they didn't always know [2:16:33 PM] it. They'd understood through him what American citizenship requires even if they had only heard about his courage through the history books. By the thousands faceless anonymous relentless young people, black and white have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the constitution and the declaration of Independence. Dr. King said that in the 1960s and it came true again this summer. We see it outside our windows in big cities and rural towns in men and women, young and old, straight Americans and lgbtq Americans, blacks who long for [2:17:33 PM] equal treatment and whites who can no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the sub jrue situation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ]jugation of their fellow Americans. [ Applause ] We see it in everybody doing the hard work of overcoming complacency, of overcoming our own fears and our own prejudices, our own hatreds, you see it in people trying to be better, truer versions of ourselves. And that's what John Lewis teaches us. That's where real courage comes from, not from turning on each other, but by turning towards one another. Not by sowing hatred and [2:18:35 PM] division, but by spreading love and truth, not by avoiding our responsibilities to create a better America and a better world, but by embracing those responsibilities with joy and perseverance and discovering that in our beloved community, we do not walk alone. What a gift John Lewis was. We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for awhile and show us the way. God bless you all. God bless America. God bless this gentle soul who pulled us closer to his promise. [2:19:37 PM] Thank you very much. [ Applause ] >> Barack Obama, president of the United States, number 44. His friend and mentor, John Lewis, the man martin Luther king called his disciple. Now we'll hear from B.B. And Marvin Winans. An original song they commissioned in honor of the congressman. ?? >> Thank you so much. We are honored to be here. I would like to thank brother Michael Collins for about a week before the congressman passed, he called B.B. And so B.B. And I and my sister cece had [2:20:38 PM] opportunity to sing to him and one of the songs we sang songs differently but the one song I'd like for everyone that who would just join in. ? We shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome ? ? we shall overcome someday ? ? oh deep in my heart I do believe ? ? we shall overcome someday ?? [2:21:42 PM] >> Upon hearing that I heard he opened his eyes because that was the song that led and was the heart of those marches. Has written another song as the memory of uncle Robert as you'd call him because he treated us all like family. And I hope you enjoy it. ? Born in Alabama born in Troy, Alabama ? ? to will will may sharecroppers [2:22:45 PM] working in the heat of the day ? ? he knew there was much more so he asked the lord to show ? ? yes, he did ? ? all he achieved in his life we already know ? ? he was there in a hurry told you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight in the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was, oh, yes, he was ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he took on the wrong of this world like civil voting rights ? [2:23:49 PM] ? no matter the problems he faced he kept his eyes on the prize ? ? and then he learned to walk and believe god until the end ? ? yes, he did ? ? and knew he would overcome that and love is gone with him ? ? he was there when you called don't you worry he'd tell the truth in a hurry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle and willing to get in good trouble ? ? yes, he was oh, yes, he was ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? and as you put on your robe to go home we will continue the [2:24:50 PM] fight and be strong ? ?? ? we'll continue to fight continue to fight ? ? he was there when you called on him in a hurry ? ? he'd tell you the truth don't you worry ? ? he was willing to fight for the struggle ? ? and he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight he was ready to fight ? ? he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight, willing to fight ? ? yes, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight he was ready [2:25:50 PM] to fight ? ? yeah, he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight ready to fight 'cause he was willing to get in good trouble ? ? willing to fight thank you for that ? ? willing to get in good trouble ? ? he was willing to fight we should be ready to fight ? ? and willing to get in good trouble ?? [ applause ] [2:26:58 PM] ?? >>> Let us pray. And when he shall die, take him and cut him into stars. He shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will grow in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sum. Gracious and loving god we commend into your safety the soul of your son, John Robert Lewis. You've seen the affidavit of his deeds, yes. [2:27:59 PM] He stayed in trouble, good trouble. Necessary trouble. He fought the good fight. He finished his course. He kept the faith. And now you have laid out for him a crown of righteousness but not only to him, but to all those who love god's appearing. Now part of a great mighty cloud of witnesses is he, these are they who have gone through the great tribulation, they washed their robes in the blood of the lamb. [2:29:05 PM] The angels rejoice because he has been vindicated by history. His deeds etched into eternity and his soul received into your glory in the name of the god who loves us and to freedom and frees us into loving, through Jesus Christ our lord we pray, amen. >> Raphael Warnock with the benediction was indeed a grand look for a great man. John Lewis celebrated at ebenezer Baptist church with [2:30:05 PM] family, friends, three American presidents. >> We pray that today was a memorable worship experience for all of you. Now pastor Warnock will greet the family along with reverend Dr. Bernice king and follow the department of defense's instructions as they carry out our representative Lewis. >> Joined by our team at ABC. Robin Roberts, we saw a little bit of everything about John Lewis today, the human being, the young man of courage, the politician, family man, great mentor to his staff and a [2:31:06 PM] ceremony filled with laughter, tears and, robin, not a little bit of politics. >> Yes, yes, as you would expect, George. When president Obama said that Jo Lewis, it wasn't just about changing laws, he was about changing hearts and minds and I was really struck when his deputy chief of staff, when she said that congressman Lewis could find compromise without compromising his values and his beliefs and that's something that I think permeated throughout the celebration of his life, that and the fact that he was a very humble man. >> Byron Pitts a celebration of his life and lesson in history today, the history of the modern civil rights movement. >> Yes, he symbolized that. [2:32:08 PM] Lewis said in 1955 he heard Dr. King on the radio for the first time and for the first time in his life he heard a sermon not about life and the after yonder but life now and a certainlien about social gospel as Dr. King called it and, George, I think in his last many days of tributes we've been reminded that John Lewis "Time" magazine called him a saint in 1975, a living saint. Today president Clinton said he was scripture. Isaiah 6:8. Here I am, lord, send me and these days of tributes remind us John Lewis was also a sermon. A good sermon touches your heart. It makes you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you feel better and also it encourages you to do better, to act better and I think in his 80 years on the Earth that's what John Lewis hoped to do, to help America do better. >> Linsey, his final message as [2:33:08 PM] well, go out and do the work, let freedom ring. >> I think it was a really prophetic moment we witnessed while president Obama was delivering the eulogy and saw about a dozen black children marching outside of the windows here in times square demanding change, doing it in a peaceful way, just the way John Lewis would have wanted it. And we saw that. We talked about this earlier on Sunday when we saw the body take that final trip over the bridge
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena RS 20, X83 Jenna Bush introduces her father, President George W Bush 10.12.04 Bush at Rally in Colorado Springs WH Pool 11:30am RS 20, X83 Slugged: 1130 WH CO x83 11:29:59 jenna enters 11:30:02 bush announced. 11:30:08 in frame. He's got a brown shirt. Sleevews rolled up. Waves. 11:30:20 he's above the crowd. People are really excited. 11:30:43 he's on stage. Next to jenna. 11:31:53 he waves. Tight on him. Pull back 11:32:38 Pete Coors is a giant. He makes bush look tiny. He's also got on a tie. COORS SPEAKS 11:33:40 hard working families know how to spend their money better than the govt. does. Honor for me to be here with all of you. JENNA SPEAKS 11:34:12 jenna to the podium: "great to be here in Colorado. So much energy to reelect my dad prez. Make sure that everybody gets out and votes nov. 2. when you grow up as the daughter of gwb and laura, you learn an appreciation of how special a blessing it is to live n this great country. So proud to be here today to introduce somebody who read bedtime stories yadda yadda yadda. 11:35:33 someone who told me I looked cute in braces. Importance of bringing everying respect. 11:36:56 bush to the podium BUSH SPEAKS 11:37:47 participate in the democratic system. 11:38:07 better America to put me and dick back in office. 11:39:22 the no speeches for laura thing. 11:39:43 running mate dick cheney. Great job in his debate the other night. Admit it. He doesn't have the waviest hair. But I didn't pick him for his hairdo. 11:40:25 honor to be on the platform with the next sen. From Colorado: pete coors. Turn out to vote for him as well. 11:40:52 enjoyed working with sen. Nighthorse Campbell. Wayne allard. 11:41:18 bill owen. 11:41:37 great congressman in joel heffly. 11:42:42 members of the Olympic team have joined us today. 11:42:53 appreciate those serving in our united states military. (cheers). 11:43:23 families of the men and women who wear the uniform. Thank all the vets who are here today. Thank all you all for coming. Thank you all. Thank the grassroots activists. Put out the signs make the phone calls turn out to vote no doubt we'll carry Colorado again. 11:44:03 on my way to Arizona. For the final debate. Those debates have highlighted the clear differences between the senator and me from jobs to health care to the war on terror. 11:44:36 my opponent has shown why he earned the ranking as the most liberal senator. 11:44:52 several of the statements he made in the last debate don't pass the credibility test. 11:45:11 said he'd only had one stand on iraq. Could barely contain myself. Said it was the right decision to remove saddam. Now he says it's the wrong debate. Says saddam is a threat and then a few minutes later. tries to tell us 11:45:58 he can run from his record, but he cannot hide. 11:46:13 with another straight face, he tried to tell us. The govt. has nothing to do with his health care record. 8 out of 10 would be placed. Run but cannot hide. TAXES 11:46:59 promise he would not raise taxes for anyone who raises less than 200,000 a year. His plan would raise 600 billion. But his spending plans are 4x that. Can't have it both ways. To pay for all the spending programs. He's going to have to raise your taxes. After litany of complaints. Took all I could do not to make a face. Compassionate conservative. Govt. oughta help people realize their dreams, not tell them how to run their lives. 11:48:51 my plan for a more hopeful America begins with a growing economy that creates new jobs. Farmers. Ranchers. That's why we unleash that energy with the largest tax relief in a generation. When you're out convincing people to vote, come our way. Six months before we got to Washington the stock market was in serious decline. Citizens forgot what it means to be a responsible American. Won't tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America. Those scandals hurt our economy. The attack cost America a million jobs. Acted. Put tax relief in place. Recession was one of the shallowest in American history. The tax relief spurred consumption and investment. Our economy has been growing at rates as fast as any in>>> years. Added 1. whatever new jobs. Unemployement rate is 5.4. lower than the average of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. 11:51:18 unemployment in Colorado is 5.1. the home ownership rate is at an all-time high. More minorities own a home than ever before. The entrepreneurial spirit is trong. But there's more work to be done. In order to make sure there's hope. America must be the best place to do business. That means less regulations on our employers. Less junk lawsuits. 11:52:33 plan that encourages conservation. Spend money on research and development. Lifestyle we're accustomed to. Coal in environmentally friendly ways. To keep jobs here, we must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. 11:53:20 don't wanna be closing down markets. If you've got more choices to choose form you're likely to get that what you want. Tellin' places like china: you treat us the way we treat you. We can compete with anybody anytime anywhere. 11:53:59 gotta keep your taxes low. Raising taxes would be the wrong prescription for economic grown. 11:54:39 not gonna let him tax you because we're going to win in November. 11:54:58 tax code is a million pages long. Six billion hours. Simplify the tax code and make it more fair for the American people. In order to make sure. Work force. Make sure our youngsters can read and write and add and subtract. 11:55:40 shuffle a kid through. Hard to educate a inner city kid. Just move 'em through. Believe every child can learn. Expect every teacher to teach. Solve problems early before they are too late. Before it is too late. Back door. Realize we're closing the achievement gap in America. More work to be done. Fund . emphasize . rigorous exam. More of our kids to graduate and start their career with a college diploma. 11:58:21 low premium policies. Vital plans which would help our small businesses. Own their own accounts. Hmo. 11:59:32 can't be pro doctor, pro healthcare, pro trial lawyer 11:59:43 medical liability reform now. 11:59:49 in all we'll do to improve health care. Not by govt. officials in dc. 12:00:04 went to Washington to solve problems. Not to pass them on to future. 12:00:22 medicine was modernizing but medicare wasn't. pay thousands of dollars for heart surgery, but not one dime for the drugs that could stop surgery in the first place. Modernize medicare. Now in 2006, seniors will get prescription drug coverage for the first time under medicare. 12:01:52 think differently. 12:02:13 younger workers oughta be able to take their own money. Personal account the government cannot take away. 12:02:42 ownership society. Some things don't change. Reverance and integrity. In changing times we must support. The . families. Schools. Religious congregations. Stand for a culture of life in which every person counts and every being matters. Stand for marriage and family which are the foundations of our society. 12:03:50 federal judges who know the difference between. and strict interpretation. Solemn duty of the potus is to protect the American people. World will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. 12:04:50 since that terrible morning. fought not for pride or power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake. Defend the homeland. Military. All-volunteer army will remain an all-volunteer army. 12:05:29 staying on the offensive so we do not have to face them here at home. 12:06:08 saudi Arabia was fertile ground. Iraq 12:06:42 because we acted. making .12:06:49 army of a free iraq is fighting for freedom and more than ? of al qaeda's leadership has been brought to justice. 12:07:17 knew saddam aggression and support for terror. Shooting missiles at his pilots. Using wmd. Knew that after sept. 11, we must take threats seriously before they materialize. In order to protect the . 12:08:28 concluded that saddam was a threat. My opponent looked at the same intel I looked at. Voted yes. 12:08:46 before I ever commit troops into harms way. Must try all means to deal with the treat. No president wants to send our young into harms way. Hope that free world would . 12:09:20 when an international community speaks, it must mean what it says. That goes for the president as well. 12:09:51 saddam had no intentions of using the . inspectors inside his country. Resolution 17. nothing happened. Wadn't about to listen. Continued to deceive. Forget the lessons of sept. 11 and take the word of a madman. defend America every time. X-DECK STOPS ROLLING SEE POOL 4 FEED 1225 wh co x86 for seven mins. 12:11:28 get rid of the sanctions. greatest danger we face is wmd in the hands of a terrorist enemy. Safer with saddam in a prison cell. 12:12:15 think about what happened in Afghanistan a couple weeks ago. Mothers weren't allowed to go to school. Taliban were backward and barbaric. This past weekend, millions of . first voter was an afghan woman. 19 year-old woman. That society has gone from darkness to light because of freedom. Iraq will have . 12:14:24 help them get on the path of stability and democracy as soon as possible. 12:14:52 made commitment to troops and our families. That's why I went to the us congress and asked for 87 billion in supplemental funding. 12:15:45 four senators who voted for the war and against the funding. 2 of them are my opponent and his running mate. Actually did vote for the 87 billion before I voted against it. 12:16:30 nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat. 12:17:03 opponent has a record voting against the weapons systems that helped us win the cold war. Cut the intel budget in '93. wants a global test before taking action to defend america's security. 12:18:33 if saddam does not meet his test. Nothing will. Dangerous way of thinking in the way in which we will. 12:18:55 new evidence that the senator fundamentally misunderstands the war on terror BACK TO X83. 12:19:30 prostitution and illegal gambling. Staying on the offensive. Destroying the networks. Spreading freedom and liberty. 12:20:03 work with allies. Never turn over national security decisions to leaders of other countries. Believe in the transformational power of liberty. 12:20:32 use my friend koizumi. By the way, I been talkin'a bout you in the campaign trail. Its true. One of his fave movies is high noon by the way. Head of a country that some sixty years go. 12:21:23 harry Truman believed in the transformational power of liberty. A lot of people said why work for democracy in japan. Why bother. Death of a loved one during that war. People questioning if it was worthwhile. Now I sit down at the table with him. 12:22:19 children and grandchildren. I believe that there will be a democracy. Some day a potus and a duly elected president of iraq will be sitting at a table. Millions plead in silence for freedom in the middle east. Want their children to grow up in a free society. Freedom is not america's gift to the world. It's the almighty god's gift to each and every man and woman in this world. 12:23:51 we're all Americans these years. History always stand apart. Quiet times when little is expected. This time involves firm resolve. Clear vision. None of us will forget that week when one era eneded and another began. Today I'll never forget workers in hardhats. whatever it takes. 12:25:10 never relent in defending America. Whatever it takes. 12:25:30 pledge that if you gave me the chance to serve. Honor and dignity. God bless. Thank you all. END END END Gladhand.
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena RS 20, X83 Jenna Bush introduces her father, President George W Bush 10.12.04 Bush at Rally in Colorado Springs WH Pool 11:30am RS 20, X83 Slugged: 1130 WH CO x83 11:29:59 jenna enters 11:30:02 bush announced. 11:30:08 in frame. He's got a brown shirt. Sleevews rolled up. Waves. 11:30:20 he's above the crowd. People are really excited. 11:30:43 he's on stage. Next to jenna. 11:31:53 he waves. Tight on him. Pull back 11:32:38 Pete Coors is a giant. He makes bush look tiny. He's also got on a tie. COORS SPEAKS 11:33:40 hard working families know how to spend their money better than the govt. does. Honor for me to be here with all of you. JENNA SPEAKS 11:34:12 jenna to the podium: "great to be here in Colorado. So much energy to reelect my dad prez. Make sure that everybody gets out and votes nov. 2. when you grow up as the daughter of gwb and laura, you learn an appreciation of how special a blessing it is to live n this great country. So proud to be here today to introduce somebody who read bedtime stories yadda yadda yadda. 11:35:33 someone who told me I looked cute in braces. Importance of bringing everying respect. 11:36:56 bush to the podium BUSH SPEAKS 11:37:47 participate in the democratic system. 11:38:07 better America to put me and dick back in office. 11:39:22 the no speeches for laura thing. 11:39:43 running mate dick cheney. Great job in his debate the other night. Admit it. He doesn't have the waviest hair. But I didn't pick him for his hairdo. 11:40:25 honor to be on the platform with the next sen. From Colorado: pete coors. Turn out to vote for him as well. 11:40:52 enjoyed working with sen. Nighthorse Campbell. Wayne allard. 11:41:18 bill owen. 11:41:37 great congressman in joel heffly. 11:42:42 members of the Olympic team have joined us today. 11:42:53 appreciate those serving in our united states military. (cheers). 11:43:23 families of the men and women who wear the uniform. Thank all the vets who are here today. Thank all you all for coming. Thank you all. Thank the grassroots activists. Put out the signs make the phone calls turn out to vote no doubt we'll carry Colorado again. 11:44:03 on my way to Arizona. For the final debate. Those debates have highlighted the clear differences between the senator and me from jobs to health care to the war on terror. 11:44:36 my opponent has shown why he earned the ranking as the most liberal senator. 11:44:52 several of the statements he made in the last debate don't pass the credibility test. 11:45:11 said he'd only had one stand on iraq. Could barely contain myself. Said it was the right decision to remove saddam. Now he says it's the wrong debate. Says saddam is a threat and then a few minutes later. tries to tell us 11:45:58 he can run from his record, but he cannot hide. 11:46:13 with another straight face, he tried to tell us. The govt. has nothing to do with his health care record. 8 out of 10 would be placed. Run but cannot hide. TAXES 11:46:59 promise he would not raise taxes for anyone who raises less than 200,000 a year. His plan would raise 600 billion. But his spending plans are 4x that. Can't have it both ways. To pay for all the spending programs. He's going to have to raise your taxes. After litany of complaints. Took all I could do not to make a face. Compassionate conservative. Govt. oughta help people realize their dreams, not tell them how to run their lives. 11:48:51 my plan for a more hopeful America begins with a growing economy that creates new jobs. Farmers. Ranchers. That's why we unleash that energy with the largest tax relief in a generation. When you're out convincing people to vote, come our way. Six months before we got to Washington the stock market was in serious decline. Citizens forgot what it means to be a responsible American. Won't tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America. Those scandals hurt our economy. The attack cost America a million jobs. Acted. Put tax relief in place. Recession was one of the shallowest in American history. The tax relief spurred consumption and investment. Our economy has been growing at rates as fast as any in>>> years. Added 1. whatever new jobs. Unemployement rate is 5.4. lower than the average of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. 11:51:18 unemployment in Colorado is 5.1. the home ownership rate is at an all-time high. More minorities own a home than ever before. The entrepreneurial spirit is trong. But there's more work to be done. In order to make sure there's hope. America must be the best place to do business. That means less regulations on our employers. Less junk lawsuits. 11:52:33 plan that encourages conservation. Spend money on research and development. Lifestyle we're accustomed to. Coal in environmentally friendly ways. To keep jobs here, we must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. 11:53:20 don't wanna be closing down markets. If you've got more choices to choose form you're likely to get that what you want. Tellin' places like china: you treat us the way we treat you. We can compete with anybody anytime anywhere. 11:53:59 gotta keep your taxes low. Raising taxes would be the wrong prescription for economic grown. 11:54:39 not gonna let him tax you because we're going to win in November. 11:54:58 tax code is a million pages long. Six billion hours. Simplify the tax code and make it more fair for the American people. In order to make sure. Work force. Make sure our youngsters can read and write and add and subtract. 11:55:40 shuffle a kid through. Hard to educate a inner city kid. Just move 'em through. Believe every child can learn. Expect every teacher to teach. Solve problems early before they are too late. Before it is too late. Back door. Realize we're closing the achievement gap in America. More work to be done. Fund . emphasize . rigorous exam. More of our kids to graduate and start their career with a college diploma. 11:58:21 low premium policies. Vital plans which would help our small businesses. Own their own accounts. Hmo. 11:59:32 can't be pro doctor, pro healthcare, pro trial lawyer 11:59:43 medical liability reform now. 11:59:49 in all we'll do to improve health care. Not by govt. officials in dc. 12:00:04 went to Washington to solve problems. Not to pass them on to future. 12:00:22 medicine was modernizing but medicare wasn't. pay thousands of dollars for heart surgery, but not one dime for the drugs that could stop surgery in the first place. Modernize medicare. Now in 2006, seniors will get prescription drug coverage for the first time under medicare. 12:01:52 think differently. 12:02:13 younger workers oughta be able to take their own money. Personal account the government cannot take away. 12:02:42 ownership society. Some things don't change. Reverance and integrity. In changing times we must support. The . families. Schools. Religious congregations. Stand for a culture of life in which every person counts and every being matters. Stand for marriage and family which are the foundations of our society. 12:03:50 federal judges who know the difference between. and strict interpretation. Solemn duty of the potus is to protect the American people. World will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. 12:04:50 since that terrible morning. fought not for pride or power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake. Defend the homeland. Military. All-volunteer army will remain an all-volunteer army. 12:05:29 staying on the offensive so we do not have to face them here at home. 12:06:08 saudi Arabia was fertile ground. Iraq 12:06:42 because we acted. making .12:06:49 army of a free iraq is fighting for freedom and more than ? of al qaeda's leadership has been brought to justice. 12:07:17 knew saddam aggression and support for terror. Shooting missiles at his pilots. Using wmd. Knew that after sept. 11, we must take threats seriously before they materialize. In order to protect the . 12:08:28 concluded that saddam was a threat. My opponent looked at the same intel I looked at. Voted yes. 12:08:46 before I ever commit troops into harms way. Must try all means to deal with the treat. No president wants to send our young into harms way. Hope that free world would . 12:09:20 when an international community speaks, it must mean what it says. That goes for the president as well. 12:09:51 saddam had no intentions of using the . inspectors inside his country. Resolution 17. nothing happened. Wadn't about to listen. Continued to deceive. Forget the lessons of sept. 11 and take the word of a madman. defend America every time. X-DECK STOPS ROLLING SEE POOL 4 FEED 1225 wh co x86 for seven mins. 12:11:28 get rid of the sanctions. greatest danger we face is wmd in the hands of a terrorist enemy. Safer with saddam in a prison cell. 12:12:15 think about what happened in Afghanistan a couple weeks ago. Mothers weren't allowed to go to school. Taliban were backward and barbaric. This past weekend, millions of . first voter was an afghan woman. 19 year-old woman. That society has gone from darkness to light because of freedom. Iraq will have . 12:14:24 help them get on the path of stability and democracy as soon as possible. 12:14:52 made commitment to troops and our families. That's why I went to the us congress and asked for 87 billion in supplemental funding. 12:15:45 four senators who voted for the war and against the funding. 2 of them are my opponent and his running mate. Actually did vote for the 87 billion before I voted against it. 12:16:30 nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat. 12:17:03 opponent has a record voting against the weapons systems that helped us win the cold war. Cut the intel budget in '93. wants a global test before taking action to defend america's security. 12:18:33 if saddam does not meet his test. Nothing will. Dangerous way of thinking in the way in which we will. 12:18:55 new evidence that the senator fundamentally misunderstands the war on terror BACK TO X83. 12:19:30 prostitution and illegal gambling. Staying on the offensive. Destroying the networks. Spreading freedom and liberty. 12:20:03 work with allies. Never turn over national security decisions to leaders of other countries. Believe in the transformational power of liberty. 12:20:32 use my friend koizumi. By the way, I been talkin'a bout you in the campaign trail. Its true. One of his fave movies is high noon by the way. Head of a country that some sixty years go. 12:21:23 harry Truman believed in the transformational power of liberty. A lot of people said why work for democracy in japan. Why bother. Death of a loved one during that war. People questioning if it was worthwhile. Now I sit down at the table with him. 12:22:19 children and grandchildren. I believe that there will be a democracy. Some day a potus and a duly elected president of iraq will be sitting at a table. Millions plead in silence for freedom in the middle east. Want their children to grow up in a free society. Freedom is not america's gift to the world. It's the almighty god's gift to each and every man and woman in this world. 12:23:51 we're all Americans these years. History always stand apart. Quiet times when little is expected. This time involves firm resolve. Clear vision. None of us will forget that week when one era eneded and another began. Today I'll never forget workers in hardhats. whatever it takes. 12:25:10 never relent in defending America. Whatever it takes. 12:25:30 pledge that if you gave me the chance to serve. Honor and dignity. God bless. Thank you all. END END END Gladhand.
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena
White House - Colorado Springs Rally at the Colorado Springs World Arena RS 20, X83 Jenna Bush introduces her father, President George W Bush 10.12.04 Bush at Rally in Colorado Springs WH Pool 11:30am RS 20, X83 Slugged: 1130 WH CO x83 11:29:59 jenna enters 11:30:02 bush announced. 11:30:08 in frame. He's got a brown shirt. Sleevews rolled up. Waves. 11:30:20 he's above the crowd. People are really excited. 11:30:43 he's on stage. Next to jenna. 11:31:53 he waves. Tight on him. Pull back 11:32:38 Pete Coors is a giant. He makes bush look tiny. He's also got on a tie. COORS SPEAKS 11:33:40 hard working families know how to spend their money better than the govt. does. Honor for me to be here with all of you. JENNA SPEAKS 11:34:12 jenna to the podium: "great to be here in Colorado. So much energy to reelect my dad prez. Make sure that everybody gets out and votes nov. 2. when you grow up as the daughter of gwb and laura, you learn an appreciation of how special a blessing it is to live n this great country. So proud to be here today to introduce somebody who read bedtime stories yadda yadda yadda. 11:35:33 someone who told me I looked cute in braces. Importance of bringing everying respect. 11:36:56 bush to the podium BUSH SPEAKS 11:37:47 participate in the democratic system. 11:38:07 better America to put me and dick back in office. 11:39:22 the no speeches for laura thing. 11:39:43 running mate dick cheney. Great job in his debate the other night. Admit it. He doesn't have the waviest hair. But I didn't pick him for his hairdo. 11:40:25 honor to be on the platform with the next sen. From Colorado: pete coors. Turn out to vote for him as well. 11:40:52 enjoyed working with sen. Nighthorse Campbell. Wayne allard. 11:41:18 bill owen. 11:41:37 great congressman in joel heffly. 11:42:42 members of the Olympic team have joined us today. 11:42:53 appreciate those serving in our united states military. (cheers). 11:43:23 families of the men and women who wear the uniform. Thank all the vets who are here today. Thank all you all for coming. Thank you all. Thank the grassroots activists. Put out the signs make the phone calls turn out to vote no doubt we'll carry Colorado again. 11:44:03 on my way to Arizona. For the final debate. Those debates have highlighted the clear differences between the senator and me from jobs to health care to the war on terror. 11:44:36 my opponent has shown why he earned the ranking as the most liberal senator. 11:44:52 several of the statements he made in the last debate don't pass the credibility test. 11:45:11 said he'd only had one stand on iraq. Could barely contain myself. Said it was the right decision to remove saddam. Now he says it's the wrong debate. Says saddam is a threat and then a few minutes later. tries to tell us 11:45:58 he can run from his record, but he cannot hide. 11:46:13 with another straight face, he tried to tell us. The govt. has nothing to do with his health care record. 8 out of 10 would be placed. Run but cannot hide. TAXES 11:46:59 promise he would not raise taxes for anyone who raises less than 200,000 a year. His plan would raise 600 billion. But his spending plans are 4x that. Can't have it both ways. To pay for all the spending programs. He's going to have to raise your taxes. After litany of complaints. Took all I could do not to make a face. Compassionate conservative. Govt. oughta help people realize their dreams, not tell them how to run their lives. 11:48:51 my plan for a more hopeful America begins with a growing economy that creates new jobs. Farmers. Ranchers. That's why we unleash that energy with the largest tax relief in a generation. When you're out convincing people to vote, come our way. Six months before we got to Washington the stock market was in serious decline. Citizens forgot what it means to be a responsible American. Won't tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America. Those scandals hurt our economy. The attack cost America a million jobs. Acted. Put tax relief in place. Recession was one of the shallowest in American history. The tax relief spurred consumption and investment. Our economy has been growing at rates as fast as any in>>> years. Added 1. whatever new jobs. Unemployement rate is 5.4. lower than the average of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. 11:51:18 unemployment in Colorado is 5.1. the home ownership rate is at an all-time high. More minorities own a home than ever before. The entrepreneurial spirit is trong. But there's more work to be done. In order to make sure there's hope. America must be the best place to do business. That means less regulations on our employers. Less junk lawsuits. 11:52:33 plan that encourages conservation. Spend money on research and development. Lifestyle we're accustomed to. Coal in environmentally friendly ways. To keep jobs here, we must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. 11:53:20 don't wanna be closing down markets. If you've got more choices to choose form you're likely to get that what you want. Tellin' places like china: you treat us the way we treat you. We can compete with anybody anytime anywhere. 11:53:59 gotta keep your taxes low. Raising taxes would be the wrong prescription for economic grown. 11:54:39 not gonna let him tax you because we're going to win in November. 11:54:58 tax code is a million pages long. Six billion hours. Simplify the tax code and make it more fair for the American people. In order to make sure. Work force. Make sure our youngsters can read and write and add and subtract. 11:55:40 shuffle a kid through. Hard to educate a inner city kid. Just move 'em through. Believe every child can learn. Expect every teacher to teach. Solve problems early before they are too late. Before it is too late. Back door. Realize we're closing the achievement gap in America. More work to be done. Fund . emphasize . rigorous exam. More of our kids to graduate and start their career with a college diploma. 11:58:21 low premium policies. Vital plans which would help our small businesses. Own their own accounts. Hmo. 11:59:32 can't be pro doctor, pro healthcare, pro trial lawyer 11:59:43 medical liability reform now. 11:59:49 in all we'll do to improve health care. Not by govt. officials in dc. 12:00:04 went to Washington to solve problems. Not to pass them on to future. 12:00:22 medicine was modernizing but medicare wasn't. pay thousands of dollars for heart surgery, but not one dime for the drugs that could stop surgery in the first place. Modernize medicare. Now in 2006, seniors will get prescription drug coverage for the first time under medicare. 12:01:52 think differently. 12:02:13 younger workers oughta be able to take their own money. Personal account the government cannot take away. 12:02:42 ownership society. Some things don't change. Reverance and integrity. In changing times we must support. The . families. Schools. Religious congregations. Stand for a culture of life in which every person counts and every being matters. Stand for marriage and family which are the foundations of our society. 12:03:50 federal judges who know the difference between. and strict interpretation. Solemn duty of the potus is to protect the American people. World will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. 12:04:50 since that terrible morning. fought not for pride or power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake. Defend the homeland. Military. All-volunteer army will remain an all-volunteer army. 12:05:29 staying on the offensive so we do not have to face them here at home. 12:06:08 saudi Arabia was fertile ground. Iraq 12:06:42 because we acted. making .12:06:49 army of a free iraq is fighting for freedom and more than ¾ of al qaeda's leadership has been brought to justice. 12:07:17 knew saddam aggression and support for terror. Shooting missiles at his pilots. Using wmd. Knew that after sept. 11, we must take threats seriously before they materialize. In order to protect the . 12:08:28 concluded that saddam was a threat. My opponent looked at the same intel I looked at. Voted yes. 12:08:46 before I ever commit troops into harms way. Must try all means to deal with the treat. No president wants to send our young into harms way. Hope that free world would . 12:09:20 when an international community speaks, it must mean what it says. That goes for the president as well. 12:09:51 saddam had no intentions of using the . inspectors inside his country. Resolution 17. nothing happened. Wadn't about to listen. Continued to deceive. Forget the lessons of sept. 11 and take the word of a madman. defend America every time. X-DECK STOPS ROLLING SEE POOL 4 FEED 1225 wh co x86 for seven mins. 12:11:28 get rid of the sanctions. greatest danger we face is wmd in the hands of a terrorist enemy. Safer with saddam in a prison cell. 12:12:15 think about what happened in Afghanistan a couple weeks ago. Mothers weren't allowed to go to school. Taliban were backward and barbaric. This past weekend, millions of . first voter was an afghan woman. 19 year-old woman. That society has gone from darkness to light because of freedom. Iraq will have . 12:14:24 help them get on the path of stability and democracy as soon as possible. 12:14:52 made commitment to troops and our families. That's why I went to the us congress and asked for 87 billion in supplemental funding. 12:15:45 four senators who voted for the war and against the funding. 2 of them are my opponent and his running mate. Actually did vote for the 87 billion before I voted against it. 12:16:30 nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat. 12:17:03 opponent has a record voting against the weapons systems that helped us win the cold war. Cut the intel budget in '93. wants a global test before taking action to defend america's security. 12:18:33 if saddam does not meet his test. Nothing will. Dangerous way of thinking in the way in which we will. 12:18:55 new evidence that the senator fundamentally misunderstands the war on terror BACK TO X83. 12:19:30 prostitution and illegal gambling. Staying on the offensive. Destroying the networks. Spreading freedom and liberty. 12:20:03 work with allies. Never turn over national security decisions to leaders of other countries. Believe in the transformational power of liberty. 12:20:32 use my friend koizumi. By the way, I been talkin'a bout you in the campaign trail. Its true. One of his fave movies is high noon by the way. Head of a country that some sixty years go. 12:21:23 harry Truman believed in the transformational power of liberty. A lot of people said why work for democracy in japan. Why bother. Death of a loved one during that war. People questioning if it was worthwhile. Now I sit down at the table with him. 12:22:19 children and grandchildren. I believe that there will be a democracy. Some day a potus and a duly elected president of iraq will be sitting at a table. Millions plead in silence for freedom in the middle east. Want their children to grow up in a free society. Freedom is not america's gift to the world. It's the almighty god's gift to each and every man and woman in this world. 12:23:51 we're all Americans these years. History always stand apart. Quiet times when little is expected. This time involves firm resolve. Clear vision. None of us will forget that week when one era eneded and another began. Today I'll never forget workers in hardhats. whatever it takes. 12:25:10 never relent in defending America. Whatever it takes. 12:25:30 pledge that if you gave me the chance to serve. Honor and dignity. God bless. Thank you all. END END END Gladhand.