Reverend Cornell William Brooks speaks a language of synthesis, melding higher morals, law, history, and activism. “We are trying to convey to folks that the right to vote is a civic sacrament, and the voting booth is, in fact, the alter of our democracy,” he said during the Journey, “and for us to allow voter disenfranchisement and suppression to go on, is a desecration of both.” At the Senate Lawn, he spoke to the advocacy groups that made up the Journey for Justice, calling them “a dazzling constellation of partners.” He also generously praised the Rabbis for their commitment, drawing that community closer. Importantly, he reminded everyone present that, “Hope is an existential decision.” And sending the Foot Soldiers off, he quoted God’s instruction to Joshua, saying, “Be strong and of good courage.”