26 February 2021

Published February 24, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“Corrie, we don’t have time to cry.” Her father’s eyes blazed. “Give thanks for our lives and pray for those who did this.”

Flames engulfed the only home the fifteen-year-old had ever known. How could she pray for evil people who hated them for the color of their skin?

Hours before they had enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner accompanied by laughter and music.  

Heart racing, she made a vow never to allow the ugliness to remain in the shadows.

Twenty-six years later, Coretta Scott King refused to bathe in her grief, saying, “Hate injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”






71 comments on “26 February 2021

  • What inspirational words to live by. And she did. Thank you for your story.
    I wanted to follow your blog, but I can’t find the follow option on your page. Can you help, please?

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    Look at me here on Wednesday. Kudos to me … YAY!!!
    Actually, I’m having intense dental work. Being in bed, gives me more time. LOL
    C. King was such a strong woman. Her quiet spirit spoke loudly. Nice documentation of her contributions that may have been overlooked.
    You captured MLK warm smile in the portrait. Such a handsome man and couple.
    Abrazos y Carino,
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎 😍

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  • Forgiveness is possibly one of the pinnacles of human achievement; resentment one of the greatest causes of despair. You’ve found yet another inspiring story to shed light on for us Rochelle. Thank you.

    I have photos you might like – where should I send them?

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  • What remarkable couple they were. And to follow your principles no matter what the cost is something only the strongest individuals can do.

    Dr King himself was inspired by the non-violent movement of Mahatma Gandhi.
    In his words ” Non-violent resistance does call for love, but it is not a sentimental love. It is a very stern love that would organize itself into collective action to right a wrong by taking on itself suffering. “

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  • Thank you for highlighting a woman that should me more talked about. Remembered as much for her work as her husband.

    I have a bunch of photos that I would gladly share. No pets or statues. Mostly details in nature that catch my eye as an interesting photo. The moon, clouds, twisted trees, moss and leaves. Snow making things look like something else.

    Let me know if that would interest you.

    Hope you have a good weekend.


  • So horribly sad that her home was burned in the name of hatred. I admire her vow to never let the ugliness remain in the shadows, but bring it to light. A beautiful story inside and out, and a moving and inspiring story as always, Rochelle. Thank you for that!

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    • Dear Brenda,

      The chilling thing is that back in those days, the perpetrators would get away with murder…all in the name of racial purity. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like to have been a black person in the south…or anywhere in America for that matter. Thank you.




  • Love this story… a much needed reminder in these days. We adopted a kitty yesterday…she’s black. We were told by the people that we needed to be careful and watch her closely…never let her out unattended, and to be especially guarded around October… all because of the color of her fur. It might not be a human… but the prejudice and hatred is the same. I didn’t even think about her color… she was just “the” one out of the many that called to me. So, I’m late this week in my writing… hope you enjoy the story…

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    • Dear Bear,

      We do need a reminder, don’t we? I can’t believe people are stupid enough to believe there’s anything sinister about a black cat. Superstition and ignorance. Glad you’ve given her a good home.

      Thank you.



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