Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100: Dawn in America

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It may not be morning in America. But it’s probably not mourning either. George Floyd could be described as the face that launched a thousand ships. 158 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 and 55 years after Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the country — reeling after three years of rhetorical vitriol from our capital – has put a face on racism and it’s not pretty. This moment can be best seen as the dawning of America, where we allow ourselves to come face to face with what made the American promise exceptional and what we will need to do to recapture it.

Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.


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