Monday, November 10, 2008


During our stroll at dusk this evening through Oakland Cemetery, Ela and I came across a special sight at Maynard Jackson's grave. For my readers outside of the south, Maynard Jackson was first elected mayor of Atlanta in 1973, making him the first African American to serve as mayor of a large southern city. Someone wanted to make sure he knew of last week's historic election of Barack Obama and offered a newspaper like a bouquet.

It made us smile so wide to see this and to think of the intention and gratitude behind the gesture. Ela wondered aloud how many other ancestors' resting spots at this moment also bore physical proof of Change in the United States. On days like today, the realization that we are living history is as close as damp leaves.

1 comment:

Reem Tara said...

This is beautiful! I have chills and tears in my eyes. Way more emotion than last Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, actually...