Monday, February 1, 2010

i'll have what they're having

There aren't many lunch counters around these days. I used to take the kids to one for milkshakes after the first day of school. Hard to fathom that something so simple and convivial became a symbol of racial injustice fifty years ago on a Monday like this one, the first of February. I was blessed to hear Franklin McCain, one of the Greensboro Four, speak a few years back. He was passionate and inspiring, with a story so vivid it would make the hair on your arms stand up. Lunch counters like that particular one at F.W. Woolworth are a vanishing breed. Some say heroes are, too. But you can still find them. In college dorms and church basements and around kitchen tables, trying to change the order of things from wrong to right. With a side of humanity.

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