It was a bit of a sentimental return to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury today.
Almost a year ago, Elizabeth Warren held one of her kickoff campaign events here, and many of the same people returned to cheer her on with just a few days until Election Day.
“Are you fired up? “ asked Governor Deval Patrick at today’s rally. “You understand what is at stake. This is about everybody, those who vote with us and those who vote against us. This is about our common cause. The vote is bigger than this moment. We don’t need someone who calls himself an independent when it’s time to campaign. The action is not in here. It’s out there. Talk to people, talk to your friends, family, even those who have given up on voting and tell them what’s at stake.”
Governor Patrick turned the stage over to the legendary civil rights figure, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. “Thank you for being you,” he told the crowd referring to Patrick. “You are blessed to have this gentleman as your governor.”
Lewis reminisced about meeting with John F. Kennedy and being in the Oval Office with Kennedy and Martin Luther King in 1963. He talked about his friendship with Ted Kennedy. He noted the presence of Kennedy’s son Congressman Patrick Kennedy in the audience along with his young child. Then the man who focused his attention on voting rights across the south in the 1960’s told the crowd, “We are one people, one family. Vote like you have never voted before.”
Lewis also praised Elizabeth: “She will vote so that you can marry the one that you love and she will make certain that it is a woman’s choice what she can and cannot do with her own body.”
Elizabeth was very touched. “I love being here with John Lewis. The memories you carry in your heart I will carry in mine. He’s a man who changed history.” She then talked once again about Scott Brown’s votes against the interests of middle class families. Recalling the campaign’s first event at the Reggie Lewis Center, she thanked the crowd for being behind her. She sent them out to finish off what was started, to get voters to the polls, and to keep at it until the end of Election Day.
As the crowd headed out, Bruce Springsteen, who recently endorsed Elizabeth, blared through the sound system, “No Retreat, Baby, No Surrender”.