The Fourth of July, 2013

USFlagWavinginHeart32554357Ah, what’s on my mind? On July 4th, 1965, I was at Hickory Hill Baptist Church, Pineville, SC. It was a Sunday. The next day was supposed to be the only day in the month of July that black people were ALLOWED to register to vote. So many positive things have happened since – and then there are things like the latest Supreme Court decision on the Voter Rights Act. Thomas Jefferson knew what he was talking about when he wrote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” But I’d add another dimension: action. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law” We can’t just watch as Jefferson said, we must act. Although Henry David Thoreau said, “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law,” we may not have to break a law but we should be aware of what is going on in the United States and act to keep us on track – ah, one reason for reading the paper and magazines, talking with others and VOTING!

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