Like he was the king

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) was the queen’s husband but not the king, a monarchial nuance the Founders avoided with their radical experiment in representative democracy.

The news also included a story of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards, available from $100 to $600. Seems an expensive alternative to a free shot.

After the news, I read a bit from Jon Meacham’s recent book. Like John Archibald’s new book, the cover has a photo of John Lewis (1940-2020) leading the 1965 march at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

A snippet from Meacham about Frank Carter, John Lewis’ great-grandfather, who was born into slavery in Pike County, Alabama in 1862:

“He couldn’t read or write,” his great-grandson said, “but he could do financial transactions in his head faster than the man on the other side of the desk could work them out with a pen and paper.” Carter took great pride in just about everything he did. “He would sit in his rocking chair on his porch,” John Lewis recalled, “and he acted like he was the king.”

He was. I am. So are you–king or queen.

From His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, by Jon Meacham

2 thoughts on “Like he was the king”

    1. Or a queen. 🙂

      Great-grandfather Frank Carter died at 85 when Lewis was 7. What a gift! Imagine all the self-confidence he bequeathed to Lewis by his example (and by the family lore that Lewis grew up with after his death). That is a true royal lineage.


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