Last week we laid to rest an American hero who left us with parting words of wisdom and encouragement. Please read, or re-read, his essay in the link below.
Our nation faces the greatest threat to our democracy in generations. Americans from all backgrounds have fought for the right to vote. Today, August 6, 2020, marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The current administration is taking full advantage of the Supreme Court’s 2013 gutting of the Voter Rights Act; doing anything and everything to disenfranchise voters, especially voters of color.
Likewise there are continuing efforts to undermine the 2020 census, including scare tactics against immigrants and shortening the deadline to count responses, in order to undercount and disenfranchise communities of color.
We must all vote and we must all be counted in the census!
For over 37 years, Harlem Stage has been dedicated to social justice and equality; in the artists we support and present, and in the communities we serve.
John Lewis urges all of us to answer the highest calling of our hearts and to stand up for what we truly believe in. At Harlem Stage, we will continue to use our platform in the service of a more just and enlightened society, and for the rights and opportunities, we all deserve.
When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide. – John Lewis
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