Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I returned home at 3am on Sunday, April 6th...exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. The tour of the travelers along the underground railroad was and will forever be a truly amazing experience. I encourage any and all...if you get a chance, please visit the Slave Haven Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis TN; stand on the Tennessee banks of the Ohio River and look across into Ohio; visit the National Freedom Center in Cincinnati. But most importantly - no matter where you are - have a conversation with your parents, grandparents, and/or great grandparents. They hold the great story. They have so much knowledge and wisdom and rich history. Much of it untold and is lost because we are not having those conversations. If they will let you, record (audio or video) their story and have it archived for future generations.
I have learned so much. Below are only a few of my take-aways. I know I will forever reference something along this trip. So stay tuned.
A few things I've gotten from my 5 days:
1) There were some truly courageous people - both slaves and abolitionists - who risked everything for a different way of life because they embraced humanity and the human rights for all people.
2) I am privileged to live in an era where I have the opportunity to choose. My dreams, my thoughts, and my actions are only limited by me.
3) I have a responsibility to give back, to lift up, and to stretch out to help as many people as possible during my lifetime.