Yesterday I watched as civil rights leaders and supporters gathered to remember “Bloody Sunday”, a day when thousands marched in peace for social equality and met a storm of hatred and injustice. Today I contemplate those movements, honor those actions and how they have impacted the continued dialogue on social justice in our country today.
We have come over a way
That with tears hath been watered.
We have come treading our paths
Through the blood of the slaughtered.
Out of the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam
Of our bright star is cast.
—James Weldon Johnson
March 4, 2013… “Forty-eight years ago…some of us and some of you here gave a little blood on this bridge.”—Rep. John Lewis speaking on the Civil Rights March of 1965, from Selma to Montgomery, AL.