Thursday, August 28, 2008

Those of you that tell me nothing has changed, I want you to walk a mile in my shoes

That's what Congressman John Lewis said as he addressed - no, preached to - the Georgia and Alabama delegations at this morning's meeting.  On the 45th Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, we were honored to have a son of the civil rights movement.  Of the 10 who spoke on that day 45 years ago, Congressman Lewis is the only one still living.

Congressman Lewis talked about the distance Georgia and Alabama have "come down in laying down the burden of race."  As we were treated to a little bit of that Lewis style when he said that last night we made a "down payment on the fulfillment of a dream...We must march again... On the ballot box and elect Barack Obama...we must do it for not just ourselves but for the generations yet unborn." 

The atmosphere in the room - even at this early hour after several late nights - was charged and ready for the excitement this evening is sure to bring.

Lauren Logan Benedict

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