Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fifty Years On - SELMA

A  L  O  H  A !
“ Dignity is as 
essential to human life 
as water, food, 
and oxygen. ” 
                   Laura Hillenbrand








Hawaii People Were There

" The single most powerful
 word in our democracy is...
“we.” WE the people. 
WE shall overcome. 
Yes WE can. 
It is owned by no one. " 
                                 President Obama










" What enormous faith 
these men and women had 
- faith in God 
but also faith in America. "
                         President Obama 
                                           at Selma

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Yesterday we recalled
Bloody Sunday.

50 years ago
marchers for fair voting rights
were met by the violence
of police with guns, clubs,
and trained attack dogs,
while attempting to walk
across a bridge.

Yesterday, President Obama,
Congressman John Lewis
(one of the beaten marchers
as a young man of 25)
and many others
walked that bridge
again.

We still march vigilant
against today's encroachments
on equality before our law.


Nothing Earthly is perfect,
No person, No Nation.
That is why we strive.

The desire to climb,
to explore, to grow,
are the deepest core
of our shared humanity.

But so are fear,
un-examined bias,
and lazy thinking.

I love my country.
I love what she stands for.
We call her to her
higher nature.

Dignity is on the march
still today.
All around the world.

It is not humans
that we battle,
but attitudes, shallow thinking,
shallow love.

Hate,
even so-called
"Righteous Anger"
chases away
light & understanding.
It is not the solution.

Don't fight-
Shed light!

Thank You
for shouldering
this wheel too.

Together. Friends.
My Prayer.

Lots of Love, 
                              cloudia



17 comments:

Sandra said...

this is a beautiful tribute to the troubled past and I agree with every word you say here. thank you

eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, what a great post and tribute..I like the Obama quote..I wish someone would tell the Koch brothers they do not own the government..I would like to see an end to the greed, ignorance and prejudice in our country.

Have a happy Sunday and new week ahead!

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful post. I like the first pic, its like fine feathers all over the sky.

TexWisGirl said...

it is hard to think of this event happening in our lifetime, yet there are still so many troubles among us.

Teresa said...

Absolutely wonderful post! You nailed it.

Birdman said...

'Shed light'. I like that.

Charles Gramlich said...

Such a hard thing that we must always stay vigilant to maintain what we have won.

Nadezda said...

Hi, Cloudia!
I love the Laura Hillenbrand quite. Happy Women's day!

Duckbutt said...

A great post!

Karen S. said...

Don't fight-shed light, a beautiful reminder. Aloha Cloudia, enjoy a lovely, peaceful Sunday!

RedPat said...

Wonderful post, Cloudia!

Brian Miller said...

we have to keep these memories in the forefront so that we do not so easily return to them...and that we continue to strive in their efforts...

aloha from va

Elephant's Child said...

Hugs.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely post, cloudia.

P.S. The wheel is turning...
~

Cloudia said...

Bless each and every one of you! Your friendship makes a big difference in my days. ♥

William Kendall said...

Beautifully said, Cloudia.

Small Kucing said...

I love my country too Cloudia. Only that I don;t like some politician LOL