Daily Archives: January 17, 2009
Here are some images of people I have met in the South. Throughout the day we are on a tight schedule but I was able to wander away from the group a couple of times and venture out. I love to explore and meet everyday people. I love it when my camera and instincts tell me to take a further look down the street.
Last night, all of us on this historical journey got some much needed rest. Most of us clocked in 8 to 9 hours of sleep last night. We haven’t gotten nearly that much sleep since we left San Jose. To say the least, it was simply wonderful.
As the title says, it was a reflective day. I don’t say this because the pools of water leading to the graves of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King were frozen and reflected our images on the ice at the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I say this because I felt a connection with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unless I could invent a time machine to transport me back to history’s past, I would never feel as physically close to Dr. King as I felt today.
As I walked through the King Center, I experienced a rush of emotion and chills throughout my body. This rush of emotion also seemed to contain a virtue of patience, reflecting the patience that Dr. King portrayed throughout his life, and patience we’ve all endured while waiting for Dr. King’s dream to become a reality. I began to tear up while reading one of his speeches. Not only from the words that I was reading, but from the passion emitting behind those words. His words were inspiring, and conveyed a personal touch that felt as if he were speaking directly to me. All in all, this visit to the King Center helped to remind me again, of what a great man Dr. King was, and how fortunate I am to be on this historical journey.
We are now five hours north of Atlanta, and situated in a hotel in Burlington, North Carolina (right outside of Greensboro).
Night and morning.
Opera aficionado, Sarah Caldwell, once said, “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can-there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did”. That is what this trip is for me.
Any journalism student yesterday would have LOVED to have been in our shoes. I mean, we went to CNN! Everyone has been doing an awesome job representing our team. I am so excited about everything and everyone we have been so blessed to have come across. From meeting the honorable Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles on the first day, to visiting the Emmett Till sites, to speaking with Jerry Mitchell, to visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church, every single moment is one that I will never forget.
Shout out to Anthony Orosco, our WONDERFUL and dedicated driver, and San Jose Fireman, for all his wisdom, laughter and for blessing us with his impeccable driving skills.
Stay tuned. More to come.
Peace and Blessings,
Angela A. Hughes
Night and morning.