On August 28, 1963, millions gathered together and marched on Washington. That day, that speech, the crowd, the issues, that specific moment in time stands as a sentinel for all that came before and all that has followed.
That was the day that shook the world and changed a nation's consciousness, soul and destiny.
When we remember and celebrate that day, we not only celebrate the cause and the people that gathered there, we celebrate the amazing ability for collective positive action to change the course of history.
I could think of other moments in this great continual march of justice;
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount
"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied."
Gandhi's Salt March
"My life is my message."
That brave soul who stood before the tank at Tiananmen Square
The Four Little Girls killed in a church bombing
The brave men and women who stood up at Stonewall and never gave up
Cesar Chavez fighting tirelessly for the rights of workers
Mandela in his cell waiting for his moment in history to be freed and then heal a nation
All of these moments tell me that we can change the world and we must always remember to march on.
The March on August 28th isn't just a day, it's a snapshot of our collective journey towards justice, kindness, equality, peace and freedom.
So, I thank all those that marched that day and marched before and will march in the future. Your reward for your service is all around you and will be multiplied when you arrive at your true destination.
This I know: never think your struggle stands alone. Your struggle is part of a universal movement and if your cause puts you behind bars, there too you are not alone.
Ruben Carter, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and so many others.
Let us celebrate our March on Washington.
Let us remember those who gave their lives for justice.
Let us recommit to their cause and for living with kindness and, yes, forgiveness in our hearts.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said,
"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."
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