Civil rights icon and Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis delivered an emotional speech at Atlanta Pride over the weekend. The congressman recounted the fight leading up to the successful repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and encouraged activists to continue pressing for equality.
Said the congressman to much applause: "One year ago we had 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' but it's gone now. When people stand together, fight together and march together ... we can bring about change. So don't ever give up or ever give in."
Lewis once again compared the fight for equality to the racial segregation that he fought as a Freedom Rider. "We're one family, it doesn't matter if we're gay or straight."
In related news: In an ironic twist of fate, less than 24 after Lewis delivered this Friday speech to kick off Atlanta Pride, he was denied the opportunity to speak at the Occupy Atlanta protest.