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Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation

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John Lewis’ Carry On is a last witness to the life and legacy of this fierce defender of justice and light. That Lewis felt an urgency at the end of his life to put to paper these principles he held dear is a gift, as well as an inspiring, urging call to stand up, imagine, and keep moving. "Keep the faith. Carry on.”

*National Bestseller*

A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life.

Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil Rights Movement and political leadership for decades. A hero we won’t soon forget, Lewis was a beacon of hope and a model of humility whose invocation to “good trouble” continues to inspire millions across our nation. In his last months on earth, even while battling cancer, he dedicated time to share his memories, beliefs, and advice—exclusively immortalized in these pages—as a message to the generations to come.

Organized by topic ranging from justice, courage, faith, mentorship, and forgiveness to the protests and the pandemic, and many more besides, Carry On collects the late Congressman’s thoughts for readers to draw on whenever they are in need of guidance. John Lewis had great confidence in our future, even as he died in the midst of one of our country’s most challenging years to date. With this book, he performs that crucial passing of the baton, empowering us to live up to the legacy he has left us with his perseverance, dedication, profound insight, and unwavering ability to see the good in life.

ISBN-13: 9781538707128

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 07-13-2021

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020) was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He was the author of Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement, which was an autobiography of his activism, and was the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award (the only of its kind ever awarded), and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ambassador Andrew Young vii

Editor's Note Gretchen Young xvii

On Good Days 1

On Mentors 5

On Heroes 11

On Good Trouble 17

On Activism 23

On Justice 31

On Courage 37

On Character 41

On Humility 45

On Conscience 49

On Hope 55

On Spirituality 61

On Faith 67

On Patience 75

On Fear 79

On Forgiveness 85

On Happiness 91

On Friendship 97

On Love 101

On Marriage 107

On Learning 113

On Art 121

On Books 129

On Sports 135

On Dress 139

On Money 143

On Immigration 147

On Orientation 153

On the Environment 157

On COVID-19 163

On Health Care 169

On Vision 173

On Communication 179

On Voting 187

On Death 191

On Leaving a Legacy 197

On the Future 201

Afterword Kabir Sehgal 205

John Lewis Chronology 213

About the Author 219