John Lewis walks with his fellow Americans to go register to vote. (Archives, The Birmingham News)

On the Moral Significance to Vote

Our nation has slept for centuries under the sheets of ignorance blinding itself to the horrors of slavery, segregation, and racism.

A generation ago, the Civil Rights Movement, while fought for ages, reached an apex. The retaliation against this movement was fierce. Threats were issued. Men were lynched. Women were beaten. Children were bombed. Protesters were imprisoned. Marchers were trampled. People were gassed. Leaders were assassinated.

These men, women, and children willfully placed themselves in the line of fire. And while some of us cannot seek to replicate the passion that drives individuals to risk their lives for a cause, we can honor that cause: the RIGHT to vote.

Their fight has served as an illustration for righteousness, etched into the stone tablet of history for all humanity to study. The world looks to us as a measure of democracy, and it is our duty, as American citizens, to accept this monumental responsibility not just for ourselves, but for humankind.

The efforts of those that marched and continue to march cannot be in vain. It is paramount for us to honor their legacy. And while we cannot ever hope to provide a deserving tribute for their sacrifices; what little we can do is vote. Vote to uphold their ideals of a just and equitable nation.

We have that opportunity, here, and now, to birth a new star in this cold dark world and enlighten it with the heat and passion of freedom and justice.

This government was dedicated to us, and we shall not let it perish from the halls of time.

U.S. Army Veteran. M.A. International Relations from University of Chicago. Voter. Volunteer. I write to inform my friends as best I can.