Thursday, March 26, 2009

Next of Kin

John Hope Franklin via Prometheus6

Go. Read. Be Moved.

He was no Pollyanna. He knew, as my son Drew once wrote, that we are still always crossing that bridge from Selma to Montgomery. But John Hope always looked at the state trooper blocking the bridge, the figure standing in the way of freedom, and saw there another child of God. He knew, as Charles L. Black Jr. said, that the tragedy of Southern race relations was drawn from that "prima materia of all tragedy: the failure to recognize kinship."

That such a heart as this has gone from the earth makes us all poorer. -d

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