I absolutely LOVE our nation’s capitol!! Washington DC is one of the most vibrant and beautifully constructed cities in the U.S. Top that off with stunning monuments, free access to world-class museums, and amazing restaurants – well, it doesn’t get much better than that! But one of the things I value most about this great city is the access to our government and governmental process -- freedoms afforded by democracy.
By now, most people have at least heard of the movie “Selma”. While the movie was not a documentary, it depicted a critical turning point for the Civil Rights Movement that many had forgotten about or perhaps were unaware had happened. If the movie had not been released, I wonder how many would have even known about the 50th Jubilee recognizing the events that occurred on “Bloody Sunday”.
There is so much attention on Martin Luther King, Jr. that other significant leaders of the Civil Rights Movement are often overshadowed. Don’t get me wrong – MLK, Jr. was a remarkable man and a gifted writer and orator. He did GREAT things. Yet do you remember who led that first march over the bridge in Selma??
We will never know what MLK would have accomplished had he not been killed. Dr. King died for a cause, but Rep. John Lewis has LIVED his entire life for that very same cause.
Again I ask, what are you willing to live for?