Yesterday morning I walked to my LinkUp events in Charleston, one at the Buist Academy and the other at the Gaillard Center.
Both are in the newly named Mother Emanuel Way Memorial District.
Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC
There is no escaping that fact.
Buist Academy was terrific. I worked with Hannah Mashburn, a devoted music teacher, and her third graders were at the top of their game. We sang, we played, we created a motive for the morning:
Then it was off to the Gaillard for rehearsals with Ken Lam and the orchestra:
All on the street that bears the name of John C. Calhoun, one of the most virulent defenders of slavery in the history of the U.S. His statue is suspended high above Marion Square, less than a football field away.
The world is a funny, complex mixture of the innocent and the unconscionable. Young children contemplate beauty just a stone's throw away from the scene of unthinkable violence. You don't always think of arts education as a way of answering the challenges of bigotry and hatred, but of course, when done well, it can be. And it can't help it in the Mother Emanuel Way Memorial District.