This Little Light Of Mine
On a day meant for joy, so much pain for so many. In New York, the families of three unarmed black men shot down by police - Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley - met, mourned, prayed and called for change as they faced what the Rev. Al Sharpton at Harlem's National Action Network’s House of Justice called "their first Thanksgiving with an empty seat at the table.” Summoning extraordinary dignity in the face of what little he has to give thanks for, Michael Brown Sr. wore a tie with the face of his dead son. In the past week, he has delivered turkeys to the neighborhood where his son died, urged Ferguson to remain calm and peaceful, and stressed, "I do not want my son's death to be in vain...Change. That all we asking for...Continue to lift your voices with us." In honor of him, and all the others, and the spirit of the day, a homegrown flash mob in a Bangor, Maine grocery store likewise finds their voices. Don't forget to hug your kids.