Blog post by Bishop Peggy Johnson
On our recent family vacation to Austin, Texas, we drove 23 hours southwest to the home of my mother-in-law. This was our first long road trip in a very long time and in the past we have used paper maps. This time we used computer-generated technology that was far more efficient.
The best part about it was that you could zoom in on an area and see particular street corners, restaurants and gas stations. Then this same technology enabled us to zoom outward and see the entire map of the United States and that pencil-thin blue line that went from PA to TX in the space of 3 inches. Seeing the big picture was helpful to get an idea of how far we had come and how far we had left to go.
When I think of “big picture” I think of the civil rights movement and its most famous leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King lived in a time and a place in history that was specific to the cause of civil rights in the United States and the elimination of Jim Crow laws that had long created an unjust disparity between people of color and Caucasian people. However, King also saw the big picture that is as big as all of humanity.