A picture is worth 1000 words… except when it requires a caption. Like this picture of two middle-aged African American couples embracing in a hotel room in Boston right after Barack Obama was sworn in a the 44th President of the United States.
This is more than just another poignant scene captured on America’s most magic of days. For the two gentlemen in the photo… it HAD to be such a powerful, emotional, exhilarating moment of sweet redemption.
Forty years ago, they took a courageous stand on the world stage. Not unlike Rosa Parks, theirs was an act that horrified much of white America– while it simultaneously inspired a whole generation who were growing weary of the slow pace of change in the late 1960’s.
They have paid dearly for that moment of defiance… but it too was captured in an iconic photograph that, I can assure you, is worth at least 1000 words.
For Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the 200 meter gold and bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, January 2oth no doubt brought sweet redemption and 1000 words.
None of them necessary.