Pandemic Articles and Photos O’ Day 139

1919 – After a black teenager is killed for drifting into a ‘white’ section of Lake Michigan, black protests in Chicago area are met with white violence and days of riots.

July 31st


When I started this Pandemic Photo O’ about 115 days ago, I wanted to create a snapshot of a particular day within a larger, historical period.

Some days there’s a powerful, evocative image which is an obvious one to document. Other days the image is a purely personal one as I’ve captured something significant about my experience of that day.

Often, the images are from the headlines of what was happening in the U.S. and/or the world on that day. There have been stunningly beautiful photos and also some hilarious ones too.

If it wasn’t late and I didn’t have to be somewhere at 8:30 am in the morning, I’d go back through my Pandemic Photos O’ and link to examples of the above.

Today there were three major stories and only one of them I think warrants additional space and time to document it with more than a screenshot and a link.


President Obama had these words to say as he eulogized Representative John Lewis:

Like John, we have got to keep getting into that good trouble.

He knew that nonviolent protest is patriotic; a way to raise public awareness, put a spotlight on injustice, and make the powers that be uncomfortable…

Like John, we have got to fight even harder for the most powerful tool we have, which is the right to vote.

The Voting Rights Act is one of the crowning achievements of our democracy.

It’s why John crossed that bridge. It’s why he spilled his blood.

And by the way, it was the result of Democratic and Republican efforts…

You want to honor John?

Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for.

And by the way, naming it the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, that is a fine tribute.

But John wouldn’t want us to stop there, trying to get back to where we already were.

Once we pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, we should keep marching to make it even better.

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