On June 25, 2016, I had the honor of giving a heartfelt presentation of my painting 'Freedom's Door' to Civil Rights Icon, Congressman John R. Lewis, in Washington D.C., on be half of the 20th Year Celebration of the Tri Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a sponsor of the John Lewis Documentary Project. I was inspired to paint Freedom’s Door based upon New Year's Eve of the Emancipation Proclamation. Written on the door, in the Gullah dialect, are the thoughts of a person walking through the door for the very last time as a slave. During the presentation of the painting, I recited the words written on Freedom's Door. As I recited the words from the door, tears began to roll down Congressman Lewis' cheeks. As I looked upon the face of this very humble man, I spoke these words, "I have the opportunity to do something some people may never get to do, or simply forget to do, and that is to simply say thank you. Thank you for every word you've spoken. Thank you for every step you've taken. Thank you for every traumatic blow you have endured by the hands of those that hated you. Thank you for every sit-in you have organized and every sit-in you have participated in."