Yes I know how hokey this title is but I could not resist the pun. Jed Etters, Alisha Harrison, Kitty Wallace, and myself all took time Thursday evening to visit some of the sites. We have all know each other for years, but walking to those sites and talking about history, life, and the future I believe strengthens those bonds of friendship. There I go being hokey again.
If you have never been to DC get here. Those people whose monuments we toured changed history, and they continue to have and impact today. I cannot stand at the Lincoln Memorial, at the very spot that Martin Luther King delivered his most famous speech, with out feeling inspired to be a better person, a better leader, and to want to help others.
As I stand there I can hear his voice, it’s tone and cadence, while most people can only remember the “I have a dream” portion there is a paragraph in the middle that rings true in our current world climate. It reads “But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
I believe those words spoken over 50 years ago are words we need to hear today, they have no partisanship, no hate, and no malice, all spoken in the shadow of Lincoln. Two great men stolen from us by cowards, but their legacy lives on, so as you walk around these amazing monuments take some time to ponder what the history is, and how it can inspire us to be better.