Arthur Henry Memorial Dedication Ceremony

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Lessons from a long journey toward justice | Commentary

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Orlando will dedicate a marker commemorating the lynching of Arthur Henry. As lead investigator for the Alliance for Truth and Justice seeking to remember our fellow citizen, I am grateful. At the end of this long journey, I reflect on what I learned in the process.

First, I am struck by the truth of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assertion that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Both of those assertions have proven true in this process.

The investigation to remember Arthur Henry required five years to achieve. But the events it uncovered laid buried in time, indifference and the active collusion of those who sought to erase them from our collective memories for 98 years. Henry’s marker evidences that while justice is slow, it can finally arrive.

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