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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (3)

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They work not so much for their own as for others. It is necessary work. Professor Smith had said. Somebody has to teach the children. Mr. Spiral had said. These farmers depend on me. Captain had said. Their purposes and jobs seemed completely honorable to me. They did not feel they were better than anyone else. They were not working just to make a lot of money. I read the papers every day. The front pages were full of greedy, self-important, hostile people. The back roads were another country. 

In April of that year 1968 several rights leader Martin Luther King Junior was murdered. In June Robert Kennedy was murdered as he campaigned for president. Several American cities exploded in riots and flames. I felt so sad for the two dead men and for the country they had done so much to change for the better. I might have thought the country was going insane if I had not been on the road. I had eyes and eyes. I kept meeting people who made me feel sure about the future.

In July I met Pat Becker a young white woman in Nevada. The night Martin Luther King was killed, Pat Becker sat up late. I have to do something about this. She thought. On her way to work she had often passed up big, empty space in a black community. She wondered why the city had not made a park in the empty space. Now she went to see the man who represented her community on the city council. He told her there was no money to build a park. He explained how difficult it would be to raise the money. Pat Becker decided she could not wait. She went to talk with people in the black community. She went to garden supply companies and sarment companies and builders and the heads of local building units. Soon her idea became everybody's idea. At 7:30 one Friday morning, a crowd began to gather at the empty space in Nevada.

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