Stirring up ‘Good Trouble’ in Lima, remembering John Lewis


Event at Civic Center remembers John Lewis

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



Winners of “Good Trouble” awards were Autumn Swanson and Jamie Dixon. The awards were handed out at an event at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Saturday, honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.

Winners of “Good Trouble” awards were Autumn Swanson and Jamie Dixon. The awards were handed out at an event at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Saturday, honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.


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Terrionna Bagley placed first at West Middle School for the John Lewis Essay Contest.

Terrionna Bagley placed first at West Middle School for the John Lewis Essay Contest.


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Page Sullivan finished first at Liberty Arts Magnet School in the John Lewis Essay Contest.


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Mylan Murry finished first at North Middle School in the John Lewis essay contest.


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Rev. Ronald Fails was one of the speakers at an event remembering Congressman John Lewis.


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WINNERS OF THE GOOD TROUBLE ESSAY CONTEST

Liberty Arts Magnet School: 1. Page Sullivan, 2. Che’Vohlier Carpenter, 3. James Brown

West Middle School: 1. Terrionna Bagley, 2. Jayla Traylor, 3. Zakese-Rose Cannon

North Middle School: 1. Mylan Murry, 2. Cody Stevens, 3. Jason Ayres

Heir Force Community School: 1. Deanna Callahan, 2. Shania Echols, 3. Bryce Williams, Jr.

LIMA — Lima remembered civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis on Saturday with an event at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima.

“He worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a pastor. He was one of the pioneers that walked the bridge in Selma, Alabama,” said Derry Glenn, 6th Ward Lima councilor. “John was strong as a congressman. He was a pioneer, a trailblazer, and he was dynamic. John did a lot of work, and hopefully one day we could name a holiday after John Lewis.”

The civil rights champion died July 17, 2020. Saturday’s event included awarding two Good Trouble Awards in honor of Lewis and several awards to middle school students who were winners in an essay contest.

Rev. Ronald Fails, president of the Lima chapter of the NAACP, was one of the speakers. He grew up in Selma, Alabama, and saw the civil rights movement blossom.

“John Lewis really showed us what it means to remember. He did what he did not because he had to, he did it because he cared,” Fails said. “You can become whatever you desire to be if you don’t give up, if you don’t lose hope.”

Jamie Dixon, 5th Ward Lima councilor, and Autumn Swanson, former neighborhood specialist for the city of Lima and a candidate for Lima mayor, were presented with John Lewis awards.

Dixon was appreciative of the things John Lewis did, getting into what Lewis would call “good trouble.”

“What they are saying is go out and find a way to right the wrongs of society,” Dixon said. “So when you think of Lima, how can Lima become better and become a place where we all can live, play and grow? One thing I think we can do as adults is continue to educate ourselves and educate those around us to make sure that we are educated on the facts, the issues locally, statewide as well as federal, but also taking those things that we’ve learned through the education and our research and making sure that we educate the youth that comes behind us.”

Swanson said she looked to Lewis as an example.

“I grew up in a small town, and there weren’t many people that looked like me, and so I did a lot of reading,” Swanson said. “I read about Martin Luther King, I read about John Lewis, Malcolm X, all the things that we do, to understand our history. But one thing that I took from John Lewis was that he really had a good mentor. He was inspired by someone older than him. He had someone to look up to, and you know who that was? Martin Luther King. He had him for inspiration.

“One thing I know is if you have a good role model and you look up to them and they’re successful, you know what happens? When you look up to that person and you strive to be like that person, you’ll probably surpass them in your success.”

After the awards, attendees were allowed to take home free clothing and free food.

Winners of “Good Trouble” awards were Autumn Swanson and Jamie Dixon. The awards were handed out at an event at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Saturday, honoring the late Congressman John Lewis.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/02/web1_LewisEvent-1.jpgWinners of “Good Trouble” awards were Autumn Swanson and Jamie Dixon. The awards were handed out at an event at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Saturday, honoring the late Congressman John Lewis. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Terrionna Bagley placed first at West Middle School for the John Lewis Essay Contest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/02/web1_Lewis-Event-2-1.jpgTerrionna Bagley placed first at West Middle School for the John Lewis Essay Contest. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Page Sullivan finished first at Liberty Arts Magnet School in the John Lewis Essay Contest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/02/web1_Lewis-Event-3-1.jpgPage Sullivan finished first at Liberty Arts Magnet School in the John Lewis Essay Contest. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Mylan Murry finished first at North Middle School in the John Lewis essay contest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/02/web1_Lewis-Event-4-1.jpgMylan Murry finished first at North Middle School in the John Lewis essay contest. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Rev. Ronald Fails was one of the speakers at an event remembering Congressman John Lewis.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/02/web1_Lewis-Event-5-1.jpgRev. Ronald Fails was one of the speakers at an event remembering Congressman John Lewis. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Event at Civic Center remembers John Lewis

By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

WINNERS OF THE GOOD TROUBLE ESSAY CONTEST

Liberty Arts Magnet School: 1. Page Sullivan, 2. Che’Vohlier Carpenter, 3. James Brown

West Middle School: 1. Terrionna Bagley, 2. Jayla Traylor, 3. Zakese-Rose Cannon

North Middle School: 1. Mylan Murry, 2. Cody Stevens, 3. Jason Ayres

Heir Force Community School: 1. Deanna Callahan, 2. Shania Echols, 3. Bryce Williams, Jr.

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