To celebrate the life, leadership, and accomplishments of Reverend Martin Luther King in the same week that we will inaugurate a man singularly unqualified to lead our nation and who did not win the popular vote is one sort of irony. That Mr. Trump has chosen this week to strike up a conflict with Representative John Lewis, a member of Congress and a Civil Rights leader who worked with Reverend King and has the scars to prove it, completes this circle of irony.
Representative Lewis, now 77 years old, remains active in defense of equality, liberty, and justice. It is the struggle that has shaped his life. When he speaks of his work in the civil rights movement, he contextualizes it by calling it “good trouble.” In celebration of the accomplishments of Martin Luther King and his movement, in support of Representative John Lewis, and in resistance to Mr. Trump, let’s remember not to duck from “good trouble” when it comes our way. Now is the time to do the right thing.