John Lewis – A remaining day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers …


WASHINGTON – John Lewis will lie in state in the Capitol for a second day Tuesday, giving the public time to pay respects to the civil rights icon and longtime lawmaker before he’s laid to rest in Georgia.

Public viewing will continue from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

About Lewis:

John Lewis: A final day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers …

About tribute
A tribute (/ˈtrɪbjuːt/) (from Latin tributum, contribution) is wealth, often in kind, that a party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often the case in historical contexts, of submission or allegiance. Various ancient states exacted tribute from the rulers of land which the state conquered or otherwise threatened to conquer. In case of alliances, lesser parties may pay tribute to more powerful parties as a sign of allegiance and often in order to finance projects that would benefit both parties. To be called “tribute” a recognition by the payer of political submission to the payee is normally required; the large sums, essentially protection money, paid by the later Roman and Byzantine Empires to barbarian peoples to prevent them attacking imperial territory, would not usually be termed “tribute” as the Empire accepted no inferior political position. Payments by a superior political entity to an inferior one, made for various purposes, are described by terms including “subsidy”.
The ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire is an example of an ancient tribute empire; one that made relatively few demands on its non-Persian subjects other than the regular payment of tribute, which might be gold, luxury goods, animals, soldiers or slaves. However, failure to keep up the payments had dire consequences. The reliefs at Persepolis show processions of figures bearing varied types of tribute.
The medieval Mongol rulers of Russia also expected only tribute from the Russian states, which continued to govern themselves. Athens received tribute from the other cities of the Delian League. The empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Rome exacted tribute from their provinces and subject kingdoms. Ancient China received tribute from various states such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and Central Asia (listed here). The Aztec Empire is another example. The Roman republic exacted tribute in the form of payments equivalent to proportional property taxes, for the purpose of waging war.
Tribute empires contrast with those like the Roman Empire, which more closely controlled and garrisoned subject territories. A tributary state is one that preserves its political position and such independence as it has only by paying tribute. Although, Roman Republic and Roman Empire sometimes controlled client kingdoms providing it with tribute.

Lewis will lie in state in Georgia’s capitol rotunda Wednesday before his funeral in Atlanta on Thursday.

After a service in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Lewis’ casket was taken to the East Front Portico for public viewing.

John Lewis: A final day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers …

Reta Cosby, a 68-year-old from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was the first in the line of hundreds who came to pay their respects. She had arrived by noon Monday, when the sun was beaming and the temperature was in the 90s. Still, Cosby said she’d woken up that morning and felt in her spirit that she had to come. By around 6:30 p.m., she led the line and walked up to the building to view the casket atop the steps.

“You don’t have the opportunity to see these icons,’’ said Cosby, who years ago joined civil rights marches in Oklahoma. “I just felt this kindred bond… It was important for me to be here.”

Reta Cosby, a 68-year-old from Upper Marlboro, Maryland was the first in the line of hundreds who came to pay their respects to John Lewis.

Because of cautions about the coronavirus, visitors could only walk up to the bottom of the Capitol’s East Front steps to say their goodbyes. There were people of all ages and races. Some pushed walkers. Some came in suits.

Terrence Jones, 37, a Birmingham native, said he met Lewis years ago in Atlanta and appreciated that they both had roots in the South.

“He was a very gracious guy,’’ said Jones, adding that the visit was a historic moment.

Others like Anise Jenkins, Joyce Robinson-Paul and Emma P. Ward appreciated Lewis’ support for D.C. statehood so they came to pay their respects.

“If he could have, he would have gotten us statehood,’’ said Robinson-Paul.

Supporters of statehood for Washington, D.C., wait in line to say farewell to John Lewis as he lay in state in the U.S. Capitol.

Lawmakers try to continue Lewis’ work

As the public services continue, Black lawmakers are calling on Congress to honor Lewis’ legacy by supporting legislation that would restore a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said a bipartisan group of lawmakers should be designated to negotiate details.

“If you want to honor his legacy, pick a `gang of eight’ and let’s go to work,” said Richmond, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “If they’re serious. My gut tells me they’re not.”

The casket of Rep. John Lewis carried by military honor guard up the steps of the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2020 in Washington.

In December, with Lewis presiding over the vote, the Democratic-led House passed voting rights legislation that has not been taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate.

The bill, which the House agreed Monday to name after Lewis, would amend the 1965 law to create a new way of measuring if states require oversight for violating minority voting rights.

In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that law’s original formula was unconstitutional.

Some Republicans have argued that oversight is no longer needed.

Democrats have made voting rights a priority. One of the first measures they passed after taking control of the House in the 2018 election would expand voting rights.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, the Ohio Democrat who heads a House subcommittee on elections, is holding a hearing Tuesday on voting rights in the U.S. territories.

She said lawmakers who are praising Lewis, need to “to put up or shut up.”

“They can’t continue to give lip service and not support what somebody like John stood for,” she said.

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