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.


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  1. Ronnie Bonnie

    Kev, I read your blog every week but I usually don’t reply but the 2 pictures that you posted couldn’t be summed up in 1 million words. The civil rights act was passed a little over 40 years ago. Wow! Could the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. really have imagined that Barrack Obama would be President of the United States of America? I’ll keep it short, I don’t write as well as you do. Thank you Kev, you’re an inspiration. Keep the posts coming.

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