"When I think about what happened in Charleston, South Carolina and the situation around the Confederate flag, it is saying to me that we have to grapple with what that is telling us as a nation. The divide still exists and separation is still here, which is what the 1968 Kerner Commission stated. How people see each other is still largely based on race, and we have to deal with those wounds.
"We've made some progress, but that doesn’t mean real transformation has happened yet. To become the Beloved Community that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned in his 'I Have A Dream' speech, we have to connect with each other across boundaries and do it with love. We have to come together on equal footing that respects and honor the dignity of our humanity. The choices we make now and the way we deal with these issues affect not only us but future generations."
"I will leave you with a message of hope, because that is what sustains me on my journey on earth. I participate in an organization called 'Coming to the Table', in which descendants of slaveowners, slavetraders, and slaves come together to grapple with the legacy of enslavement in a real way. It's all about living out Dr. King's dream. My quest is to strive toward freedom for all of us, because we are connected in this global village."