Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Words in a textbook turn into REALITY

Today began wonderfully. Sunny skies. Warm weather. Incredible museums and tours. However, no words could truly describe how i felt during dinner on March 23rd, 2010 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

* Quick Flashback*
My freshman year of high school, I wrote a research paper about Mary Louise Smith, an 18 year old black woman who would not give up her bus seat for a white passenger. She was arrested and brought to jail. Later, she served as one of the plaintiffs for the Browder vs. Gayle case.

*Back to the Present*
Around 6pm, we arrived at Trinity Lutheran Church and sat in a small room listening to the stories of Pastor Robert Graetz and others. Then, a sweet lady arrives and introduces herself. It was Mary Louise Smith, right there in person! As I said before, NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE HOW I FELT AT THAT MOMENT. It was genuinely a life-changing moment. A moment where the words and names in textbooks, museums, and documentaries turn into reality.

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