"A Eulogy That Found Its Place in History," Michiko Kakutani's story headline in the July 4 NYT nails it. Words from the hymn Amazing Grace still resounding from the rafters for many of us in the aftermath of President Barack Obama's eulogy last week for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and his prayer group slain in Charleston, SC. Amazing grace found and delivered to us by an amazing man whose personal patience, persistence and courage in the face of bias and bigotry is forever seared in our souls, his public call to consciousness loud and clear. President Obama noted that while we may not earn, merit, nor deserve grace, it is conferred upon us anyway. Showered upon us often at life's most tragic moments. Amazing grace delivered to us by President Barack Obama in this moment of national pain. In prose and in song. Sing along. Take action where you are able.
If you haven't yet watched, heard and felt this entire eulogy, here is a link to Michiko Kakutani's touching piece in the July 4 NYT with a video clip of the full eulogy, the performance of a lifetime, for which I am deeply grateful.