Finished up the 2022 road trip with a quick stop to San Antonio, New Orleans and a heart stopping walk through the Montgomery, Alabama Legacy Museum and Peace and Justice Memorial. Another day of reflection and realization that so much has changed yet there is so much left to be done in battling racial violence. And I thought the memorial in Uvalde, Texas was heart stopping…
Read on a wall at the memorial: “Lynchings in America were not isolated hate crimes committed by rogue vigilantes. Lynchings were targeted racial violence perpetrated to uphold an unjust social order. Lynchings were terrorism.”
New Orleans was invigorating as always. Viewing the artwork of Alonzo Davis and chatting with the owner of a local restaurant in typical “down in the big easy” style was a breath of fresh air. We were given beads and in return we shared our adventures on the road. He was oh so jealous. Sitting in the airport thinking about the recent meetup with longtime friends was icing on the cake. Get up and do what you love to do this summer. Don’t wait. Pack up the car, get on a plane, go for a drive. Tomorrow is not promised.
Border Patrol agents and local paramedics have responded to 229 injuries since October 2021, including some fatalities, as migrants scale the Mexican side of the steel barrier and then fall 30 feet onto U.S. soil. Border patrol is set up on US soil well inside Texas where agents ask if you’re a US citizen. No proof asked or needed. Bizarre.
Our family love is bigger than Texas.
The descendants of Susan Davis, freed from slavery at approximately age 8, gather below.
The Davis Family reunion this week is being held in Irving, Texas. Judge L. Clifford Davis, front and center, grandson of Susan Davis, is now 97 (he will tell you 97, 8 months and 2 weeks…). Family members travelled from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Charlotte, NC and, Little Rock, Arkansas. Judge Davis passed the bar 73 years ago and assisted Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the case that became Brown v Board. In 1956, he filed a federal lawsuit which resulted in a court order for integration of the public schools in Fort Worth and Mansfield,Texas, although the threat of violence from white students kept those schools segregated for some time. In 1959, in Flax v. Potts, he won a suit forcing the Fort Worth schools to integrate. There is a school in Fort Worth Texas that bears his name. You can see more amazing accomplishments of Judge Davis on Wikipedia.
La La Land. The city of angels. We did the tourist route and came across all the hype that Los Angeles tries not to live up to. Spider-Man. Hollywood walk of fame. Grauman’s Theater. Griffith Observatory. The Rose Bowl. Whew!
A day not just for food foraging at LA’s famous farmer’s market, but a day to view art that matters and to think about social justice.
Washington DC and New York City may have an eyeful of museums and art galleries but so does Los Angeles. Mixed in with thriving neighborhoods, the beach, and mountains, Los Angeles continues to prove its resilience.
Congratulations to the RISD class of ’22 as well as the class of ’20 who were unable to traditionally graduate due to Covid. May both classes use their talents and be visionaries for all of us. Tell your stories for you have so much to tell!