So last year sometime, this happened – this tribute to Carole King with Aretha Franklin performing “Natural Woman” and knocking everyone’s socks off.
I’m so frightened of January 20th, this upcoming transition to Trump and all that he represents. Maybe our republic is finished. But America also produced Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin can’t be erased from the story of America.
Neither can Carole King.
James Baldwin, John Lewis, and Harvey Milk can’t be erased from America’s story.
Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, and Emma Lazarus can’t be erased from the story of America.
Cesar Chavez cannot be erased. Neither can Jackie Robinson.
Bob Dylan, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt can’t be erased from the American story.
Lincoln, FDR, and Obama are part of the permanent furniture.
Dr. King can’t be erased, and neither can Bayard Rustin.
Same goes for Mark Twain.
The Abolitionists can’t be erased.
Harriet Tubman can’t be either.
Jane Addams and Eugene Debs, Margaret Sanger and Saul Alinsky: American to the core.
A. Philip Randolph and Rachel Carson, Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker,
Dolores Huerta and Abraham Joshua Heschel: red, white and blue forever.
Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, R.E.M., and Bruce Springsteen are part of this nation.
Harper Lee and Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Warren, Sister Helen Prejean, and Sojourner Truth – from sea to shining sea
I just gotta remember this in the days ahead… help me, Higher Power, help me to remember this.