Rep. John Lewis tells graduates to 'get in trouble'
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Rep. John Lewis tells graduates to 'get in trouble'

Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis delivers the commencement address during the Framingham State University's undergraduate commencement ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday, May 26, 2019. (Dan Holmes/The Metro West Daily News via AP)

WORCESTER, Mass. — U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts to “get in trouble” and to “build bridges, not walls.”

The Georgia Democrat, a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, was the keynote speaker Sunday at the school’s commencement at the DCU Center in Worcester.

He hearkened back to his days growing up in a segregated South, and remembered being told “don’t get in trouble” for questioning the status quo.

He urged graduates to get in “good trouble, necessary trouble” and “make our country a better place.”

Lewis was arrested dozens of times and was physically attacked, but told students to follow the non-violent examples of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He has been a member of Congress since 1986.

The university conferred 849 undergraduate degrees.

The Associated Press


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