Feb. 11: Wishing to Remember

Almost 70 years ago, Dorothy Flood was denied access to a train dining car because she was black.

Traveling with her grandmother from New Jersey to North Carolina, Flood recalls what happened once they crossed the Mason-Dixon Line:  “The African-Americans would go in the back, and white people would go into separate cars.”

When granted a wish to enjoy a meal in that dining car today—thanks to Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime, an organization that grants wishes to adults 65 and older—Flood had the chance to dine in style, giving thanks that times had changed for her and for all people of color.

“Oh, she would have loved this,” Flood said while enjoying dessert and thinking of her late grandmother.

Remembering the mistakes of the past helps ensure that we don’t repeat them, while also reminding us not to hurt ourselves or our neighbors in the future.

Justice and only justice you shall pursue.

(Deuteronomy 16:20)

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