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Friday, July 31, 2020

To "Serve and Protect" Tanka

written in response to Barack Obama's eulogy delivered at John Lewis's funeral 

George Wallace
may be gone but we witness ...
blood red paint
on a pair of giant bronze hands
named Serve and Protect

NeverEnding Story, July 31 2020

1 George Wallace (1919-98), the four-time governor of Alabama and four-time candidate for president of the United States, became known as the embodiment of resistance to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. 

2 “Serve and Protect” is a large bronze sculpture by artist Gregory Ragland depicting two hands side-by-side with their palms facing upward, demonstrating the sign language, "to serve."