Have you ever imagined a historic time and where you might have been - what you might have done?
During this nation's revolutionary war, in the many long months that it seemed the British had all the odds for them, where would you have been? What would you have done? Who would you aspire to be in those times?
As you witnessed the slaughter and broken treaties of Native Americans - the march that was the Trail of Tears - what would you be doing? Where would you stand?
During the Civil War as the bodies piled up and the horrors of war raged, what would you be doing? Which side would you be fighting for - States Rights or Abolition of slavery and preservation of the Union? Where would you stand? What would you be doing?
As the stock market crashed followed by Great Depression, and the devastating results of the dust bowl grew, where would you be? What would you be doing? Where would you stand?
As thousands of Japanese American neighbors were rounded up and in prisoned during WWII, what would you do? Where would you stand?
If you were living in any of the countries invaded by the Nazis during WWII with threat of rounding up thousands of people, where would you be? What would you do? Where would you stand?
Would you, white man or woman, volunteer to drive boycotters of the buses in Montgomery in 1955? Would you risk the wrath of friends and neighbors? Would you have ever walked with Martin Luther King?
During the Stonewall Riots of 1969 - the Assassination of Harvey Milks in 1978, where would you stand? If given the chance today, would you march?
Study these events and the leaders of these times. Study well. We face these same moral choices today. Where will you stand? More importantly, what have we learned from how they stood? Let them lift us all to higher ground. Find stories of the helpers - the ones who made the greatest impact - the ones who made the difference. Study! Study well. Our day is here!