|Despite the need for a walker, civil rights icon Esther Lee |
participates in virtual walk on Washington
But the dream lives on.
|The virtual march was a walk around the block. McClure didn't even break a sweat.|
|Mayor Ray O'Connell introduces Council members to Esther Lee|
When Dr. King spoke 57 years ago, it was on a pleasant summer day. August 28, 2020 was a different story. Instead of 200,000 marchers, there may have been 200,000 cicadas warning of bad weather ahead. Ominous dark clouds gathered. But the Mayors of all three of the Lehigh Valley's cities made it a point to be there, along with NorCo Exec Lamont McClure. Three members of Bethlehem City Council - Willie Reynolds, Olga Negron and Grace Crampsie Smith - were there. Accompanying Allentown Mayor Ray O'Connell were Council members Daryl Hendricks, Candida Affa and Ed Zucal.
The dream lives on.
|Lee exchanges pleasantries with Allentown's Council members|
|The dance of these three pretty young ladies was just one of several musical|
interludes marking this remembrance of MLK's "I have a dream!"
The white Mayors and County Exec gave excellent speeches. Perhaps "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood," as Dr. King dared to dream.
Mayor O'Connell, meeting the iconic Esther Lee for the first time, hugged her. She was happy to meet members of Allentown City Council, at least two of whom are NAACP members.
But it's still an unrealized dream.
Lehigh University's Dr. Daniel Outing made that clear. "Racism is in the American dirt," he said. "America's real pandemic, eternal pandemic, is racism, and the the infection continues to kill, always and forever."
But like Dr. King, Dr. Outing is hopeful. "What makes us great is not our belief that we are perfect. What makes us great is our desire to be better and do better."
He still dares to dream.
How about you?