Malana Pinckney checks out the president of the United States. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Malana Pinckney looks at the president of the United States. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

I arrived at a couple of thoughts as I tried to define events that left me in awe last week.whitehouserainbow

What happened?

What am I taking away from this momentous week?

  • There is proof that things can change. And the proof I saw was the survival of a hard-to-achieve congressional act that will stand alongside Social Security and Medicare; recognition under the law that you are no less of a person, with no less significant feelings, if you don’t match the images of Ozzie and Harriett; and, though sadly, we could watch the first black president of the United States, who has reminded us of the prevalence of racism, come to Charleston to object to the hateful assassinations there and sing “Amazing Grace.”
  • And by these examples, I think, a new generation of leaders will be inspired. Encouragement comes from seeing that hope is not an idle dream, that we can change our institutions and that peace and progress come to open minds.

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    Young women interviewed in Charleston by CNN. Click for video.