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16 January 2017
As our country is about to take what generously might be called a step backward in its long evolution toward justice for all, we stop to celebrate the life of a man who pushed forward against the tide.
The image is a recent one of the Martin Luther King Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. We usually quote the eastern wall but today the western wall seems more appropriate:
No. No, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice roils down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
King quotes Amos 5:24 in his I Have a Dream speech Aug. 23, 1963 in Washington, D.C.:
Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
The memorial is an elaborate fountain illustrating those words. At the top there's a reflection pool that continually spills over into a 20-foot cascade of roiling water that falls on rocks in the turbulent pool below.
Our image shows the waterfall, captured at f4, 1/500 second and ISO 400 almost a year ago.
And today the water is falling at full force as we repeat with Martin Luther King, Jr. the words he uttered in our nation's capitol over 53 years ago.