One of my favorite lines from Obama’s Inaugural Speech states, “Your people will judge you on what you build, NOT what you destroy…” I am looking forward to what he is going to build.
Mimi at Bloggingham Castle has a photo of Martin Luther King on her blog and below it she asks: Wouldn’t you love to know what they are thinking today?
And that short question brought back this song…
It's really kind of neat... the result of a multimedia project at Milford High School (although I am not quite sure where Milford High is).
Last July I turned 60 and was feeling more mortal than I normally do. I looked up an old college friend who had been very involved in Freedom Marches. He even went to an unintegrated (until he got there) black college in South Carolina. I believe it was Claflin College. I was with him the night Martin Luther King was shot. He was devastated. He has gone on in his life and become very successful as a consultant who works for industry and education -- for the past six years he focused his attention on the k-12 school counseling profession for Rhode Island school systems.
And I traveled further down Memory Lane… The time of this song was a time of men going off to fight in a war that wasn’t a war (Vietnam). My first husband was one of those. He came back a changed man. He was an infantry Marine (a “grunt”). He trampled through the jungles of Vietnam. At that time they were using a chemical called Agent Orange (a defoliant) to more easily find the enemy. My ex-husband died almost 9 years ago at the age of 52… yes, we were still friends. And, although I cannot prove it, I believe that Agent Orange was at least a partial cause of his death.
I can't believe how long ago all that happened. I haven't changed (she says tongue-in-cheek), have you?