I lit a memorial candle tonight for someone I never met, for a moment in time when one woman’s decision not to give in meshed with one man’s determination to change the world without violence. As the light flickers, I think of those who paved the way; of those who heeded the call; those who would not or could not then but learned to live in a different world; those who grew up never knowing a time when it was illegal to sit in the front of a bus, eat at a lunch counter, drink from the wrong water fountain; those who have yet to take a stand but will change the world for the better.
"Whenever you get out of Egypt, you always confront a little tension, you always confront a temporary setback. If you didn’t confront that you’d never get out." — Martin Luther King, Jr., 4/7/1957