Blog Copy – Andy Levin and John Lewis August 3, 2018
Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, 78, hospitalized in Atlanta after falling ill during a flight – Daily Mail
Did I have the last photographic images of the civil rights legend and politician?
Earlier in the day I attended a rally for Andy Levin, the Democratic primary candidate for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District. He wishes to replace his father, Congressman Sander Levin, who has held the seat since 1983.
When Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis came into the Plumbers Local 98 Hall with Andy Levin, Levin immediately took him to his assigned seat.
I was seated stage left. In front of me were three chairs – for three speakers – each with water bottles close at hand.
Shortly after someone pointed out photos of civil rights demonstrations in the South framed on the wall, John rose and led a troop to the images. He quickly pointed out his presence in a photo taken just prior to his getting the shit kicked out of him.
Andy Levin gave a strong stump speech, followed by remarks from Congressman Lewis.
At the podium Lewis provided strong comments on the reasons to resist the current administration, and expressed his support for Andy. Andy’s father and Lewis have a long history of political actions that often led to jail.
Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) who spoke earlier in the event, John Lewis and Andy Levin took a bow.
John Lewis took a parade walk as he exited. He posed with Andy’s father, Congressman Sander Levin and his wife Pamela Cole, and headed for the door. Lewis looked tired. When he got back to Atlanta, John Lewis was medically checked out, released in stable health, and returned home.
On August 7, 2018 Andy Levin won the Democratic nomination for Congress.