On Friday afternoon during the Black Lives Matter noon vigil at Diamond Park, a gentleman driving by slowed down to ask: ”Why only Black Lives?”

In order to answer the question I share the words on my own sign: "Until Black Lives Matter No Lives Matter" and the history behind its idea.

During the aftermath of World War II a memorable story by a Germany clergyman was retold endlessly to my generation of students. A contemporary version hangs in the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

“First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I said nothing.

Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat so I said nothing.

Next they came for the Jews, but I was not Jewish so I said nothing.

Next they came for me, and there was no one left to help.”

Memory of that story, as well as hope for my grandchildren’s generation is the reason I stand during the Friday vigil for Black Lives.

I so appreciate that the gentleman stopped to ask.

JAN HYATT

Meadville

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