1619-2019: 400 Years of Perseverance. As I often do on weekends, I am watching CSPAN - "TV for History Nerds". The show I am watching is the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first landing of African slaves in the British Colonies. Quite frankly it makes me queasy to remember that event, but as the speakers remind us, it is only by acknowledging that history that we can truly understand where we come from, who we are, and where we are going.
There is going to be a monument to commemorate that event. After a national competition, four finalists were selected to design that monument. One was Ed Dwight, a sculptor from Denver, who almost became the first African - American astronaut. Another was Stephen Hayes an African - American sculptor and printmaker, originally from Durham, NC. The third was sculptor Antonio "Toby" Mendez, from Knoxville MD, son of Antonio J Mendez, who recently passed away, who was also an artist and the master of disguise and forgery for the CIA, portrayed by Ben Affleck in "Argo". The winner of the commission is Brian R. Owens an African - American sculptor who has a piece right here in St Louis. (I congratulated mr Owens on FaceBook, while the ceremony was going on.)
I noticed our beloved leader wasn't present at that event. That's a good thing, his remarks would only turn out to be divisive.