“I am not a threat. I am the future,” said 12-year old Donald Mouton during the Stockton, California prayer rally and send-off for the California leg of the Lifelines to Healing bus tour.
Last week, as the nation neared the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Lifelines to Healing leaders boarded buses from four corners of this country. Bus-riders included college students, clergy, returning citizens and parents who lost children to gun violence. As we headed to Washington, D.C., our goal was not only to commemorate a dream, but to ignite a movement to realize that dream in our generation.
In Sanford, Florida, Oakland, California and Newtown Connecticut, we stopped to honor lives lost to gun violence – holding prayer vigils in the hometowns of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and the slain students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.
We witnessed healing take form in the impromptu pick-up basketball game between a group of young men and the police from Camden, New Jersey. We saw dedication embodied in Robert Bryant, an 80-year old retired history teacher participating in the lengthy night walk in Camden, New Jersey, because of his passion to keep his community safe.
We embraced unity as our California bus-riders joined the PICO California pilgrims – aspiring Americans walking 285 miles for citizenship – praying together at the women’s prison in Chowchilla, California.
And we experienced hope in Donald Mouton as he said, “I have a dream when they see me, they will see God. Because God is in me, and I am love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I am not a threat. I am the future.”
The Lifelines to Healing bus tour was also featured in Jet magazine, the front pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Denver Post. Click here to read those articles and more.
Indeed, we are all God’s children – we are all the future. Let the Healing begin.