On August 28, 2013, I had the privilege of attending the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. It was important for me to create my own memory of this historical event since I was only one year old when it occurred. I traveled this journey with a friend and we shared a beautiful space on this reminiscent occasion. What I did not share with my friend was that there were many moments throughout the day when I was filled with great emotion. This August rainy day was more than just a metro ride downtown for me to partake in Anniversary March festivities—it was a day of duty, service and respect.
Daily, I carry a deep appreciation for the lives of those who gave of themselves so that I could have the opportunities afforded me today. I wanted to pay homage and I wanted to experience a glimpse of what it must have felt like 50 years earlier to be dedicated to something greater than oneself.
Standing on the mall, it occurred to me I was standing in the exact same place someone else had 50 years earlier. Men, women, and children stood in this very same place and were likely filled with hope and a desire for change. This revelation caused me to ponder on the present-day, and our commitment to acts leading to current day changes. And thus, “50 Years Later” took flight within my soul.
“Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?” Job 4:6 NLT
Visit again on Poetic Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – for the poetic expression “50 Years Later”.
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