- Posted August 25, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protest Downtown Atlanta Over Syrian Massacre
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
Just across the street from the CNN Center Downtown Atlanta, on the 50th anniversary of the, I Have A Dream speech of Dr. King, Syrians living in Atlanta gathered to send a message to President Obama.
I found myself in the mist of something unexpected on my day trip downtown. I had left The Green Business Expo at The Phillips Arena on Global Sustainability. I was inspired to do my part to save the planet and had planned to head home to jot down some ideas but upon exiting The CNN Center, I saw a group of people on the corner near Centennial Park. I was drawn to them and wanted to know more. I was a bit hesitant at first and just stood across the street and took a few still shots. Still not sure of their purpose, I crossed the street illegally, not sure if the APD cared, since they were not far away. I approached a woman and asked her to share why she was there. I told her that if she would allow me to video tape her that I would share her story with my followers on FB and Twitter. I told her that I had a blog and she agreed. This is what she had to say to President Obama. I feel compelled to share what she had to say. I told her that I cared and that I would pray for her and for Syria. I wish that I had gotten her contact info so that i could communicate with her. I felt a sense of urgency to share this story. I may not be able to make a difference but as a 50 year old black woman born in 1963 in the rural South, I understand the fight for freedom and equality. My birth came at a time of turmoil and perhaps that is why I have always felt a certain kind of way about peace in the world. I have so many thoughts on peace and how we can save the planet. Saving the planet will be difficult until we can find peace on the planet. Today, I think that Dr. King would want me, a child of the 60's, to take this day to say that we have to stop the killing of children and seek peace on this planet. I hope that this little interview from a woman that I don't know and will never see again will inspire you to do something to save our precious planet.