Recently, civil rights icon and congressman, John Lewis, along with over 50 House Democrats staged a sit-in in the Capital building to force Republicans to vote on new gun control legislation.
The sit-in followed a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. that is recorded as the worst single shooting in American history. (49 dead, 53 injured)
Democrats chanted, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and supporters outside of the Capital sang “We shall overcome”.
Representative John Lewis stated the sit-in reminded him of his early days protesting segregation. Lewis continued, “I felt like I was reliving my life all over again. During the sixties, the sit-ins started with 3 or 4 people (At a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina) and it spread like wildfire.”
North Carolina Republican lawmaker Mark Walker responded, “They [the 4 Blacks at Woolworths] sat-in for rights. The Democrats are ‘sitting- in’ to strip them away.”