On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who looked resplendent after recovering from the coronavirus, honored John Lewis' legacy in her address: "We have gathered in our streets to demand change. And now, we must pass on the gift John Lewis sacrificed to give us."
And in the spirit of a man we will never forget, the rising political star added, "People often think that they can't make a difference like our civil rights icons. But every person in the movement mattered—those who made the sandwiches, swept the church floors, stuffed the envelopes. They too changed America, and so can we. The baton has now been passed to each of us. We've cried out for justice. We have gathered in our streets to demand change, and now we must pass on the gift John Lewis sacrificed to give us: We must register, and we must vote."
Joe Biden closed the final night of the DNC with what has been called the speech “he’s waited” all of his life to give. In accepting his party’s nomination, Biden opened with a nod a bit of Ella Baker’s wisdom.
“Give people light and they will find a way.”
In one of the shortest keynote speeches of the week, Biden took the light given to him to lay out a carefully thought-out argument to support his candidacy and vote Biden/Harris in November. Calmly, he spoke of the issues his platform supports, praised the presidency of Barack Obama, and offered up glowing praise for Kamala Harris, his running mate.
“The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.
Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness …
I am a proud Democrat and I will be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election. So, it is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for president of the United States of America.”
And just like that, the pageantry drew to an end with a fireworks display outside of the convention center, where he and Jill Biden met up with Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff to greet supporters and prepare for November.