United States 6 May: Brinkley, Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas
Big Run to Little Rock
Abraham, from the Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant we dined in last night, was excited about carrying the Peace Torch early this morning.
Tami Lackie saw our women's team running with the Torch in the morning and stopped to offer her goodwill. She invited us all to her church in Hazen.
We made our presentation and sang our official Peace Run song written by the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.
We wanted to visit a Baptist church this morning but we had no real contacts until we 'accidentally' were discovered by Tami who invited us to the Sunday morning service.
Another group attending the church were some of the local high school graduates who were proudly wearing their caps and gowns as they shared the Torch.
Some the fundraising material for the Teen Challenge support group who have helped numerous people and families over the years.
After the service many of the people in the congregation were happy to offer their smiles, prayers and wishes for peace.
These women from the Teen Challenge group which offers hope and opportunities to people who are struggling in life with very serious challenges.
Tami was so overjoyed with our event that she made a generous offering for our meal. Her enthusiasm and support will never be forgotten.
Some of the 'Teen Challenge ' group proudly display one of our colorful artworks representing an aspect of peace by Sri Chinmoy.
If we run into any flooding this vehicle will be our 'go to' Peace Run vehicle. We can also go over any traffic jams that may come our way.
The flooded 'bayous' along the way offered us some shade and a peaceful, natural environment to enjoy.
Ending the run on a newly built bridge over the Arkansas Ruver into downtown Little Rock, the Capital of Arkansas.
Locals here are quite friendly and sometimes stop to inquire about what we are doing as we run down the highways with a flaming torch. They usually offer some form of support and encouragement.
Tanuja from the Czech Republic, formerly Czechoslovakia, is thrilled to fins a Slovakia sign in the middle of 'nowhere'.
The women's team paid a visit to Little Rock Central High School which was involved in the landmark 1957 desegregation crisis. Nine African-American students persistence in attending the formerly all-white Central High School brought international attention to the situation which was the most prominent national example of the implementation of the May 17, 1954 desgregation act in the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Their courage and bravery is a most inspiring example for all of us of the power of our individual dedication to truth and higher ideals.
At the Visitors Center one can see the history of the Civil RIghts movement with accounts of the difficulties in implementing the desegregation act at that time.