Last Saturday, a group of 50 from our parish made a road trip to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, about 70 miles to the west of here. The museum is on the site of the Woolworth’s department store where, on February 1, 1960, four black college students sat at the lunch counter there and asked for a cup of coffee; they were refused, they stayed, and from that encounter began the sit-in movement in the South which eventually led to the desegregation of restaurants and other public places. Our group of 50 was split in half and each group was led through the museum where we saw the actual lunch counter and other objects from that era, including a Coke machine with different prices for whites and for blacks (5 cents for whites, 10 cents for blacks), also an actual Green Book (on which the Oscar-winning movie is based, a book that listed where blacks could find hospitable motels and restaurants on travels through the South), and disturbing images of lynchings from throughout the South. Afterwards, our group returned to St. Francis for lunch and discussion on what we saw and experienced, all of which resonated with the line from last weekend’s gospel in which Jesus asks us to look at what locks our vision, to remove whatever that might be, so that “you will see clearly.” (Luke 6:42). You could say that the gospel is all about learning how to see, how to see the world and
others through the eyes of God. Our group got a glimpse of that last weekend in Greensboro.
You may recall that our parish request for funds for new siding and a new roof on the section of our church known as Anthony Hall raised just over $70,000. Work will begin on that project in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who helped contribute to that project, and ………
Blessings on your week!