Sound and memory

A podcast episode I heard tonight took me back to the Lincoln Memorial steps.

When I stood on them last year I’d known giants of the Civil Rights Movement had also stood there.

Tonight, thanks to a bonus episode of The Washington Post’s “Presidential” podcast, which has episodes about United States president’s lives and leadership, I heard an earlier civil rights giant’s story in a new way.

I have rested on the National Mall.

Those are words I never thought I’d type until they happened on a trip to Washington D.C. last year.

We had walked miles so I plopped down in the grassy stretch between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial for a while.

I’d seen the memorial on two tours by then, and it’s a memorable experience up close.

The spot where Dr. Martin Luther King jr. delivered his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech is marked on the steps in the shadow of Lincoln’s statue, but I didn’t see a marker on the steps where Marian Anderson stood 24 years before the March on Washington.

This is her story, as told by The Post’s Lillian Cunningham.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “trip.”

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