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Nov 04, 2008

Cleansing Waters

Last Friday I visited the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, and I cried as I should have.  Today, an historic election, and I cried as I should have.

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In this photo, the surface of the memorial's fountain.  Reflected in the water is a shiny new building across the street.  I do not know what the building is, but it stands in clear contrast to the older buildings nearby that were witness to the seated Rosa Parks in a Montgomery bus, and the preaching Rev. King on the State Capitol steps.

Obscured in this photo are the words that struck me hardest just four days before our presidential election.  Two of the first three souls commemorated had been martyred for voter registration and organizing.

7 May 1955.  Rev. George Lee.  Killed for Leading Voter Registration Drive.  Belzoni, MS

13 Aug 1955.  Lamar Smith.  Murdered for Organizing Black Voters.  Brookhaven, MS.

On the fountain -- cleansing waters and a reflection of the new.  Present light resting on but not forgetting past darkness.

On that day -- tears of sorrow and then hope.  On this day -- tears of joy and then belief.  Cleansing waters.

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Comments

Nicely said, Phil.

Posted by: Doc | Nov 5, 2008 9:06:22 PM

Thanks for the post. I visited the memorial in Montgomery ten years ago so or. The difference between 1958 and 2008 is almost too large to comprehend.

Posted by: Paul Dudenhefer | Nov 6, 2008 9:47:56 AM

In the reflection, I thought that was a paper ballot at first.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Nov 6, 2008 2:51:56 PM