Posts Tagged ‘love’

What’s the Answer to Hate?

July 16, 2013


Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1989. Phot6o by Alan Light.

Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1989. Photo by Alan Light.

In 1968, when I was working at WAGA-TV in Atlanta,  I interviewed the late and great entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., who had flown into the city to attend Dr. Martin Luther King’s funeral.  Standing at the side of the small plane that brought him, I asked him, in essence, what was it going to take to end the hatred that was evidenced by the assasination of the civil rights leader. He gave me a slight smile and simply  said, as best as I can remember the quote, “Love … for people to love one another.” He said that was what Dr. King wanted.

It’s so simple, but, as the lessons of history tell us, it is so hard for a lot of people to practice when it concerns people who are, as a class, culture, ethnicity, or religion, different from one another. In my view, though, progress has been made in a number of countries, including ours. 

Columbus Hospice Grows

November 7, 2008

  They broke ground today for a new wing of Columbus Hospice, which will bring the facility up to 25 beds.  I am glad for the community, because expanding Hospice helps fill an important need. It filled a need for me and my family, an experience I will never forget. The people who work there, volunteers and professionals,  represent what is best in human nature.  

  I was particularly taken with the inscription on the program of the groundbreaking event, and I’m passing it on to you.   

  “There is no greater calling

  to serve your fellow men

  There is no greater contribution

  than to help the weak

  There is no greater satisfaction

  than to have done it well

                 -Walter Reuther