LETTER: One By One will commemorate March on Washington

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Several weeks ago, The Sanford Herald mentioned One By One in an editorial written in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial which exonerated Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. The editorial writer was very aware that many would be very disappointed in the verdict because the killing of an unarmed black boy was an all too familiar event. The hope expressed in the editorial was that acts of violence and aggression would not be the response to the verdict. Instead, another response was advocated, and One By One was very proud to be included: Here in the “other” Sanford, an organization named One By One tries to combat racism through “frank and open discussion” which is an infinitely better salve for our country’s social ills than rioting and retaliation. The grace of the Trayvon Martin family surely helped to prevent retaliation and violence, but it is the hope that One By One and other groups that provide opportunities to talk and share played a part as well.

In July, One By One was honored to have Dr. Goldie Frinks Wells as the guest speaker. A civil rights activist in her own right, Dr. Wells discussed her book about her father, Golden Astro Frinks: Telling the Unsung Song: A Biography of a Civil Rights Activist. One By One has donated two copies of this book to the Lee County Public Library.

One By One meets every third Sunday at 4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church. This Sunday, Aug. 18, One By One will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The “I Have a Dream” speech will be read, and then attendees will go to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial to lay a wreath.

For more information about One By One, please call (919) 774-4797.

Ann McCracken

(for One By One)