I’ve been called a lot of things, but humble is not one of them. I’m loud and arrogant to those who don’t like the way I operate.
I’m brilliant and an innovator to those that do.
I’m an uppity nigger to racist assholes on the far right.
I’m a mentor and a teacher to some of the biggest names in the comics industry.
I’m a lucky bastard and a con man to those who refuse to believe it’s my intelligence, talent, and business savvy that allows me to roll like I do.
I’ve been called all of the above and more. Humble? No one has ever called me that until now.
Who says I’m humble?
When I met Congressman John Lewis at Comic Con I was so humbled in his presence that for the second time at the convention I broke down and cried like a little girl.
From his bio:
Often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.
That’s from his official Bio. But to me and to millions of other Black people in this country I’d sum him up this way: John Lewis is quite literally one of the reasons I’m allow the freedoms that I have today.
The GOP is trying to take away those freedoms, but that’s something John Lewis will never allow to happen.
Comic Con 2013 was one of the greatest moments in my life, and that was before I met Mr. Lewis. If not for that meeting, this article would be all about just how wonderful this convention was to me.
I’m not kidding when I say SDCC 2013 was ONE OF THE GREATEST TIMES OF MY LIFE.
It was indeed a dream come true.
However, if not for the effort of John Lewis and his fellow freedom fighters, I would not have been allowed to even have that dream.
I stood humbled in the presence of true greatness and I’m a better man for it.