Soulforce and the AIDS Quilt
Today, I had an opportunity to join Mason, Haven, Cindi and her sister at the National Mall, where panels of the AIDS Quilt were displayed. Cindi invited us to join her family and see the display of love and reverence for her brother. It was my first time seeing the many panels in such a profound and historic place. As the rain came, those viewing the panels were asked to help fold the different quilts. Without hesitation, everyone gathered to help. People didn’t grunt or moan. We sweated as the weight of the panels and the wind were an unexpected upper body workout. I met many strangers. We were all of different races, probably practiced various religions, maybe even loved and acted in every way imaginable. In the many minutes it took to fold the panels, everyone understood the importance of the task. We were united out of love and reverence. Once we thought the task was done, we were then asked to bring the panels to the sides of the Mall. After a while, I grew tired. I was able to carry one but had to rest. When I looked up, I saw Haven and Mason running to get yet another panel.
This is why I support Soulforce: even when I grow weary, I have allies who will pick up and do at times when I’m not able. Soulforce is willing to stand up and do the work, even when it is hard and the goals seem impractical. I could not have asked for a better way to pay respect. Thank you Mason and Haven.