Night of nights: we begin again

Park bench with a heart painting on the back.

Take a long, hard look down the road you will have to travel once you have made a commitment to work for change. Know that this transformation will not happen right away. Change often takes time. It rarely happens all at once. In the movement, we didn’t know how history would play itself out. When we were getting arrested and waiting in jail or standing in unmovable lines on the courthouse steps, we didn’t know what would happen, but we knew it had to happen.

Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020), from Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America (Hachette Books, 2017)
Photo by Allison C. Bailey (Washington, DC, 25 July 2020, protest art in tribute to Congressman John Lewis, hero of the civil rights movement, hanging on the fence at Lafayette Square with the White House in the background)

photo credits
(where not otherwise credited)

“Park bench” / photograph by Vladimir Tomic on Shutterstock
“Protest sign” / photograph by Allison C. Bailey on Shutterstock (editorial use by permission)