Planting seeds of love and reformation

Here’s a hypothetical question I asked myself recently: If I could be transported back to the inauguration rally at which George Wallace promised “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” would I simply write off the former Alabama Governor as racist, or would I behold an individual capable of being transformed? 

The question was prompted by learning how the first African-American woman to run for the American presidency, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, suspended her campaign when Wallace was gunned down while running in the same presidential race. She wanted to visit Wallace in the hospital “to help him regain his humanity.” She told one of her aides (now a congresswoman herself) that “one act of kindness may make all the difference in the world.”

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