My Aunt Gloria has a great sense of history and she loves the news, so talking with her is always interesting. She marched in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Orlando a couple days ago. After a long week on her feet tutoring America’s youths, she wasn’t necessarily excited to walk a few miles on a chilly Saturday morning. But the parade needed volunteers, so she was determined to go.
Aunt Gloria said when she got there she realized all those people who had to make that original trek to Montgomery walked 55 miles just to be able to vote. They were greeted with hoses and dogs and they were beaten. “They never complained.”
So walk a few miles, she did.
Even though we’ve come quite a long way in terms of slavery and racism in this country, we’ve got a long way to go still. Aunt Gloria seemed a little disappointed that she was complaining (to herself) about it, but I think the lesson is this:
We weren’t there, for all we know some of those folks did complain about having to walk 55 miles for a chance to vote, but they did it anyway. And so did my Aunt Gloria. Perseverance perseveres.
Happy MLK Day!