rock in the water
concentric circles, ripples
From the eulogy delivered at the memorial service for Jack Roosevelt Robinson.
Known to the world as Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson died on October 24, 1972.
The eulogy was delivered by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Rev. Jackson said:
Jackie, as a figure in history, was a rock in the water, hitting concentric circles and ripples of new possibility.
Jackie, as a co-partner with God, was a balm in Gilead, in America, in Ebbets Field..
When Jackie took the field, something within us reminded us of our birthright to be free.
And somebody without reminded us that it could be attained.
There was strength and pride and power when the big rock hit the water, and concentric circles came forth and ripples of new possibility spread throughout this nation..
No grave can hold this body down.
It belongs to the ages, and all of us are better off because the temple of God, the man with convictions, the man with a mission, passed this way.
Man with a mission, passed this way.
There is also the line:
His body will rest, but his spirit and his mind and his impact are perpetual and as affixed to human progress as are the stars in the heavens, the shine in the sun and the glow in the moon.
His impact are perpetual and as affixed to human progress as are the stars in the heavens, the shine in the sun and the glow in the moon.
I was struck by this line as just having read Dr. ML King’s speech on accepting the Nobel Prize where Dr. King referred to the “the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism.”
The stars in the heavens.
The shine in the sun.
The glow in the moon.
Against the the starless midnight.
As Dr. King said, “Refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history.”
That, more of less, in big $4 words, defines the life of one certain baseball player.
Sometimes it can be more than a game.