February 27, 2014
“In his keynote before the audience, Lewis recalled growing up in Jim Crow Alabama and asking his family why there was racial discrimination. ‘They said, ‘That’s just the way it is. Don’t get in the way. Don’t get in trouble,’ said Lewis, before turning to the many activists and government officials in the room to say, ‘Thank you for getting in the way. Thank you for getting in trouble — good trouble. For bringing environmental justice to all of the people in our nation. It is the right thing to do. It is the necessary thing to do.'”
Read more of this article by Brentin Mock for COLORLINES here.