Confronting the Past and Building the Future in Montgomery, Alabama

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Journey to Montgomery (Part 1 of a series)

My daughter, Annie, and I just spent two days in Montgomery at the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’sLegacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration andThe National Memorial for Peace and Justice,which covers a small hilltop above Alabama’s capital city. It is an extraordinarily uplifting name for what is, in fact, a heartrending tribute to the more than 4,000 African American victims of lynching in America.

Annie and I were often overwhelmed by the brutality that confronted us at both the museum and the memorial, but the message that we took away with us in the end was – in ways I will try to express in my next few posts – one of resilience, of generosity and of hope.

James G. Blaine

About James G. Blaine

Most of us undervalue what seem our tiny contributions to our communities and the world. As a result, we feel powerless, even victimized. But, like the butterfly effect in science, the lives we lead with our families, in our communities, and at work – all the so-called little things we do – collectively change the world. As I grow older, my ambition grows more modest but not less important: to participate fully and to contribute what I can. That’s my goal with this blog.