Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Watching history unfold last night in Chicago's Grant Park -- and around the world

Screen Shot of Jesse Jackson on Election Night in Grant Park
What an extraordinary day, and what an extraordinary night at Grant Park in Chicago. I was listening to John Lewis on NBC, reflecting on four decades of change since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968, recalling the sacrifices of so many people that helped make this historic election possible. The camera cut to this shot of Jesse Jackson in that amazing Grant Park crowd with tears in his eyes. They kept Jackson on screen so long I had a chance to grab my camera and take a quick photo. I don't know if he was able to hear the words of Lewis, or whether he was simply lost in his own parallel thoughts about the long march from the side of MLK to watching the acceptance speech of President-Elect Obama. An incredible moment.

1 comment:

Loren Zemlicka said...

This image really got to me on Tuesday night... I can't even begin to imagine or understand everything Rev. Jackson was feeling, but wow, what a powerful thing to see.