Last night, The Davis Academy had the honor and privilege of hosting Congressman John Lewis on our Lower School campus. Speaking before a crowd of approximately 500 guests, Congressman Lewis spoke about his childhood, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and his award winning series of graphic novels, March. Students, Davis community members, area neighbors, members of the press, as well as Mayor Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs and Ambassador Judy Schorer, the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States were in attendance. And everyone appreciated Congressman Lewis' humor, passion, optimism, and conviction. Congressman Lewis reminded us that our country has made incredible strides in the last 50 years and that America can and must be a beacon of light and an inspiration to the rest of the world.
In a private meeting with Davis Academy Student Government representatives and later during the public portion of the evening, Congressman Lewis emphasized the importance of getting involved, getting "in the way", and causing "good and necessary trouble." When asked what Dr. King would say about America today, Congressman Lewis said that Dr. King would encourage us all to keep the faith, keep the hope, and remember that there are always ups and downs in our individual lives and the life of our nation.
Several standing ovations, a long and diverse line of guests waiting to shake his hand, and a general feeling of warmth, community, and shared purpose filled the room. Congressman Lewis has already accepted an invitation to return to The Davis Academy. It would certainly be a tremendous honor to host him again.