"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since today is a day in honor of Martin Luther King, I thought it only fitting to share about my trip to Montgomery, Alabama this past summer. My life has been consumed of softball for the past 20 years, and I have missed out on a lot of things that I've had to turn down because "I have softball this weekend." However, it has also taken me on a lot of fun adventures and new places. This past summer, our team traveled to Alabama for the USA/ASA National tournament. While the week was full of softball, we also were able to take advantage of our time there to visit the Rosa Parks Museum and have a history lesson about Martin Luther King.
|We visited the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church|
|The pulpit that MLK preached from|
|We visited the home where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived with his family|
The gal that gave us the tour of MLK's home, was actually a member of the church when he was pastor there. It was so hard for me to fathom that this part of history was such a short time ago and that our tour guide lady, Margaret, lived and breathed the bus boycott that took place following Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat. I asked Margaret if she participated in the boycott. She said that she supported it, but as a teacher she was not allowed to actually march and protest or she would have sacrificed her job. I was in awe of the fact that this lady got to hear Dr. King minister to their church every Sunday, and is still an active member of the church today. What's also amazing to me is the lady that lives right next door to MLK's home and sits on the rocker on her front porch every day, was living in that same house when Martin Luther King's family lived there.
I learned so much on this trip that the history books just didn't quite capture when I was in school. Living on the West Coast, we are very far removed from this part of history. It was extremely eye opening to have the very vivid reminder that this did not happen all that long ago, which I also find extremely sad. I absolutely do not understand the lack of humanity and how people can treat other people so badly, simply because they are perceived as different.
It was an amazing experience to share with the other parents and the players on our team. Even as teenagers, they were able to grasp the gravity of what it must have been like back then, and they came home with the best history lesson they will ever get on the civil rights era, hearing it directly from a few that lived and breathed during that time.
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?' " -Martin Luther King, Jr.