December 8, 2019

The Final Act

Dear John Lewis,

       I think the way you refer to the cause of C.T Vivian’s arrest, as well as those who were trying to register with him, as ‘good/ necessary trouble,’ is very effective. It shows that what African Americans fought for back then, was for a just cause and it changes the way I saw the term trouble because it’s usually associated with something negative. Going back to what happens in the story, the march event had already began to take place. Many state reinforcements attempted to stop the march, which resulted in the threat to use violence in order to break away the crowd. Malcom X’s death was announced on the radio days later. I could never even come close to imagining anything tragic as a death of an acquaintance on the day of my birthday. I could see the shock, even after everyone found out Jimmie Lee Jackson was dead as well. The plan for another march was devised from Selma to Montgomery but SNCC believed it wouldn’t do much for them as it would for Martin L. King, but just like you, I thought the opposite. I don’t know what makes this march different from any action that they’ve taken to fight for their rights to vote, as all of them came with that risk factor of confronting violence, but you saw this as reason to speak for yourself and follow what you believed. There is then, a sudden transition to when you met Barack Obama, in which he gave you a card with words of appreciation written on it. I feel like it was, although a weird transition, effective because it’s like you’re looking back on the choices you’ve made to get to where the present has taken us. In the end, the voting act was finally signed despite the pain and shots that were fired many.