I was saddened this morning to hear of the passing of the great civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. A great man who stood up to the evils of racism in America with dignity, strength and brilliance. He will be greatly missed.
The magnificent Nikki Giovanni was asked what she would tell the youngsters of today who are leading this wave of change in America and I love her response. She said “I would tell them the same thing I told the youngsters when firehoses were turned on them and when churches were bombed; I’d tell them that I’m proud you are standing up for that which is right. As Dr. Martin Luther King said ‘I may not get there with you but somebody’s going to get there.’ ”
Yes, somebody is going to get there and I pray I get to live to see it, but there is a long way to go. First and foremost, we have to get people registered to vote and we must get them to the polls on election day. This is the most important election year on record, even more important than 2008. We must get it done folks!
More good news…the National Museum of African American Music is scheduled to open Labor Day weekend. This beautifully designed museum is located in the heart of downtown Nashville on the corners of 5th avenue and Broadway. As a long-time resident of Nashville, you all know that I’ve been advocating for this museum for some time and we are just months away from its debut. Overdue but not too late!
Once it is safe to travel normally again (late 2021 is my guess), please put at the top of your list a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. These great institutions illuminating our culture and heritage are an absolute must for all people to see and absorb.
A young white girl was holding up a sign during a peaceful Black Lives Matter march in Milwaukee (where there are actual liberal radio talk shows; a superior triumph over the south where Rush Limbaugh and his sycophants prowl) that read “While I’ll never fully understand, today I will take a stand.”
Well said. Let’s keep moving forward; there is much work to do.