U.S. Rep. John Lewis is Atlanta’s veteran Congressman and a civil rights legend. He’s also a master communicator, as anyone who has seen him speak or has read his riveting, beautifully rendered memoir, “Walking with the Wind,” can tell you.
Now Lewis has been providing some of my favorite updates, photos, tweets and videos on social media lately. Just Thursday night, I saw this Facebook status update:
During the movement, we didn’t have Facebook or Twitter. We didn’t have the Internet. I am constantly amazed at our capacity to communicate using new technology. I hope you all will take a few moments and follow on a new platform for me, Instagram. But we must remember it is not enough to click like or retweet, we have to use our bodies and let the sound of our marching feet roll across America.
I had to smile when I read that — and it’s not the first time Lewis has been a highlight online. His story is the story of the modern South, a living example of this country’s deepest struggles and triumphs. Now in his 70s, he’s carried his story to Facebook and Twitter … and Instagram. Here are six more of his recent social media highlights.
* On Twitter, @repjohnlewis, July 8: “Hate is too heavy a burden to bear. Love is a better way.”
* And July 2: “If the Civil Rights Act was before the Congress today, it would not pass, it would probably never make it to the floor for a vote.”
* Superheroes Unite! Lewis has published a graphic novel memoir, “March,” and was a childhood admirer of comic books. Here he is with Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and countless more, at a librarians’ conference. Some 3,000 people liked this pic on Facebook; he also shared it on other sites.
* No Pinterest? I couldn’t find an account for Lewis on Pinterest. But there are countless pins, including this one from NBC News, 7 Things to Know about Rep. John Lewis (R-Ga.) This is also a nice primer on Lewis and his achievements, for anyone who wonders what all the praise is about.
* The ‘Happy’ Dance: Lewis posted this on YouTube a few weeks ago, and then it was everywhere. Joyous and sublime.