Vegi Patch is a compost of thoughts on graphic design, life and knitting from an american graphic design teacher in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've enabled comments for everyone or you can Email me kate at kcarlyle dot com.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Let Freedom Ring

On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 11:46 PM (Nov 5, 2008 8:46 AM Jeddah time),

Kate wrote to Alicia:

congratulations, to you and your generation for standing up and making a change.
I hope you are in grant park right now.

Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 1:45 AM (10:45 AM Jeddah time) Alicia replied:

I was, it was amazing :D

The only bad part was that my camera battery died (I cannot BELIEVE I let that happen), but really I was so far in the back I don't know that it would have mattered. the part afterward was well worth photographing, though. We walked 8 blocks down the middle of Michigan avenue and the crowd would randomly start screaming every 5 minutes or so! It was a sad day for the photojournalist in me. I got a disposable but I know I could have gotten so many amazing shots... ugh.

Anyway, it was a totally amazing experience which I will write about in great detail later.

Love you,
God bless America :)

Alicia May

I'm posting the the end of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech because today, for the first time in my life, I can see the result of the fundamental change in our thinking that must exist for that dream to be realized.

"I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"