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John Lewis laughs with Andrew Young in this AJC file photo from 1976.

John Lewis, Andrew Young and a serious case of deja vu

5:35 pm Jan. 18, 2017

Andrew Young’s telephone conversation with Donald Trump on Monday delivered one of those déjà vu moments that could carry you back five decades in a single heartbeat.

In more dangerous times, voting rights organizers would send a rabble-rouser into town – often the passionate Hosea Williams, clad in his trademark overalls – to stir up the local black populace.

Young would follow on Williams’ heels, playing the cool and calm “good cop,”

Clark Gable, left, as Rhett Butler, and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in a scene from the film, "Gone With the Wind." AP file/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Dear Donald Trump: Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler have retired

8:34 pm Jan. 14, 2017

Dear President-elect Donald Trump:

Thank you very much for your latest correspondence regarding U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Atlanta area that he represents:

We understand that your crash course in world affairs has kept you occupied, and we pray – very hard, actually – that your studies are going well.

However, we feel obliged to bring you up to date on a number of recent developments in metro Atlanta and the surrounding