As I post, I am keeping one eye on C-Span 2, which is telecasting the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Memorial to be built on the national mall. I am particularly interested in this event, because two of the men in the church I served as pastor for 20 years are vitally involved in this. Alfred Bailey was one of the five or six brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha who originally conceived the idea of the memorial and shepherded the concept through all the layers of review, bureaucracy, and congressional action needed to approve it. David Hamilton was the lead architect on this project for the National Capital Planning Commission, and considers the work he did on it to be his finest work (clarification: he is not part of the private design architects, but worked with them to provide design elements that the government needs and wants). I am proud to have been associated in some small way as pastor and friend to these men and their dream, which honors not only the first non-president/non-general and the first person of color among the mall's monuments, but, I think the first Baptist! (Unless you count Lincoln, as some do). My prayer is that Mr. Bailey, who is now in his mid-80's, will live to see the completion of the memorial. Incidentally, who is there on the Board who is old enough and who was in the right place to have heard King speak in public? I heard him at Southern Baptist Seminary while I was a student there, and again in Frankfort, KY, in 1964. What an electric orator!