The cadences of his speech still ring in my ears. I can hear him, even today, as clearly as I heard him fifty years ago. Although I wasn't at the Washington Mall that August day, my radio was on. In the intervening years, I've heard recordings of his sermons and his speeches. Often when I read the prophets, I hear their words in the voice of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I've heard him say with the prophet Amos, "Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
Harriet Tubman who freed over a thousand slaves:
Eleanor Roosevelt who stood in the breach with shipyard workers, Jews fleeing Hitler, women working in wartime factories, latch-key children, African-American farm workers and countless others:
Gloria Steinam who launched a magazine and a revolution:
And Maggie Kuhn, the first Gray Panther!
There's one more I'd like to draw to your attention. A young Episcopal seminarian who, fifty years ago, took a bullet aimed at a young African American woman. A young man repairing the breach and restoring streets in the segregated south. Jonathan Myrick Daniels:
In gratitude for the repairers of the breach in all our lives,