The provocateurs that make up the Westboro Baptist Church are expected to picket an appearance Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., has scheduled Wednesday evening at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
The 15-term lawmaker turned graphic novelist is no stranger to confrontation, having survived decades of oppression before and after his appearance at the 1963 March on Washington and the brutal Bloody Sunday brawl in Selma, Ala., just a few years later.
His reward for inexhaustibly championing equality has been constant reminders that the fight is far from over. According to a statement announcing the planned protest, the WBC is lashing out at Lewis because of his support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights.
“No one, but no one, should be put down because of sexual orientation,” Lewis told a roomful of at-risk, elementary- and high school-age children this summer during a trip to San Diego to promote the second installment of his autobiographical comic, “March,” at Comic-Con International.
Confidence is high a few clumsily written signs and some name calling will not deter a civil rights hero who firmly believes in causing “necessary trouble.”
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