They came to us from different corners, different backgrounds. They walked along what M. Scott Peck called the “Road Less Traveled.” They were in different lanes mind you, but on parallel courses in so many ways. Each path had its hills, slippery slopes and steep grades. Each route was routinely blocked by fallen trees and swift running rivers. But traverse them they did. With every step, one raised the hearts and souls of African Americans across the nation. Her irreplaceable voice built bridges across genders, colors, cultures and creeds. The other provided a clear and present image of bravery; that it is more important to do what is right than worrying about who is right, that his station of privilege came with great responsibility. Courages in their own ways, they gave it there all. They made us richer as a nation, as individuals, as members of the community. To the end, they were true to their convictions. They will be missed but not forgotten.
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