His remarks were a powerful call to action, especially for today's youth.
And I say to all the young people, you must get out there and push and pull and make America what America should be for all of us . . . I'm not tired. I'm not weary. I'm not prepared to sit down and give up. I am ready to fight and continue to fight. And you must fight.
Immediately after Representative Lewis stepped off the stage, a new generation answered that call.
9-year-old Asean Johnson said:
I have a dream that we shall overcome.
Newark Mayor and US Senate candidate Cory Booker had earlier shared the youth leadership message that his father shared with him:
Cary Alfred Booker:
Boy, don't you dare walk around here like you hit a triple, cause you were born on third base . . . Don't you forget where you came from . . . It is our moral obligation to pay it forward.
The youth leaders of PFAW Foundation are paying it forward every day.
Young People For alum Sophia Campos:
Young People For alum Phillip Agnew:
Additionally, African American Ministers Leadership Council member Rev. Charles Williams, of the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, was honored on stage by the event organizers.