"We in our generation, as my father reminds me time and time again — my generation will not be called to storm beaches in Normandy or stand on islands like Midway and defend our democracy . . .

"My generation will not be called to get on buses in the North and Freedom Rides in the South, to cross bridges and have to worry about — on Edmund Pettus — billy clubs and dogs and tear gas. When we register people to vote, it's like putting up a party — we set up tables in the quad and register people to vote and we forget about Goodman and Chaney and Schwerner, just a generation ago, who gave their lives just for doing that.

"We won't be called for that level of courage — one generation removed now, and will we at least show some shadow of that greatness to answer the call now and not wait for someone else to do it?"

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