“I have said this before, and I will say it again. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.”             

John Lewis

Lewis put his life on the line throughout the 60s, working to secure voting rights for African American citizens in the United States. He worked to end segregation. He worked to secure access to opportunity. He worked for freedom and justice nearly all the days of the 80 years he lived. May his memory be a blessing and a goad for us to finish his work, our work in building a more perfect union.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.