Truly we have achieved peak….something…when Congressman John Lewis and RuPaul are considered 1/50th of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Writing in Time, Sen. Cory Booker said of Lewis:
In the 1960s, Lewis was one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders, and today he is the last remaining person alive who spoke at the March on Washington. In the decades since, he has shown through his tireless work in Congress that service isn’t a sometimes thing but an all-the-time thing; that leadership isn’t a title or position but a way of life; and that love of country isn’t a verbal profession but something that is evidenced daily in how you live and give and love your countrymen and countrywomen.
I am not sure a week goes by in the Capitol, where I often see Lewis, that I don’t feel the inexpressible gratitude and debt that I owe—that we all owe—to this living legend. Look closely at his shoulders. They are worn from helping my generation, and generations yet unborn, stand higher and taller. And they are still laboring, still sturdy.
Booker was lionizing Lewis in the “Icons” category.
Lewis had a second go-round on the list, writing the commendation for Bernard J. Tyson, the CEO of Kaiser Permanente.
You can read RuPaul’s write up here.
I know the list is supposed to be filled with Hot Takes to Get the Social Medias GoingTM and Time certainly hit the nail on the head.