If a picture could speak a thousand words....
If ever a picture could speak a thousand words, then the one above, would be one such a picture. Today on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a day that will forever live in infamy, in looking at this picture, I am reminded about all the countless sacrifices that were made and lives that were lost all in the name of equality! In looking at this picture, I am also reminded that were it not for those sacrifices, it would have not been possible for this country to even have been at a point where the racial climate, allowed for the election of its first African American president! Just pause and think about that for a moment. Notice the "Smiles" on the faces of many of the elderly marchers, who no doubt, probably were a part of the original marchers some 50 years ago. I can't help but think that the smiles on their faces, represent feelings of a victory in a long fought battle, that has finally led to the day when they can proudly join hands with this country's First (TWO TERM), African American President!
In looking at this picture, I see the courage and strength of a generation, who despite the threat of violence and even death, were willing to push on in the face of fear. In looking at this picture, I am reminded about the severe beating that was inflicted on Congressman John Lewis on that day. Yet today, even after 50 years, he continues to work tirelessly in the name of justice and equality. In looking at this picture, I see the youth and future of tomorrow, joining with the pioneers of yesterday walking towards what might have never been had it not been for the tragedies of the past.
In Dr. Martin Luther King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, which for those of you who don't know, happened to be his last speech before he was assassinated, he talked about seeing the future of the Civil Rights Movement from the top of a mountain where the movement has succeeded through the power of non-violence and love. In my opinion, as a country, we still have not quite achieved making it to the mountain top as referenced by Dr. King, however, if we continue to make LOVE the rule and not the exception, then maybe one day we can all see "The Promised Land." Photos courtesy of: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/selma-marks-50th-anniversary-of-march-across-the-edmund-pettus-bridge-1425711535-slideshow/president-barack-obama-speaks-near-edmund-pettus-bridge-photo-214356557.html