The weekly Sunday peace crowd was a little larger today in town center
After passing them by thousands of times over the past forty years, today -- for almost the full hour -- I joined them.
No, it was not to protest the war in Afghanistan, drones taking out targets where ever it is our military drones operate, or the high financial costs of funding our military.
The sign I held aloft said "Stop The Killing", and I hope and pray it's a message everyone can embrace.
'Twas simply a statement of solidarity with minority citizens who feel unsafe, frustrated and angry over the two highly publicized deaths earlier this week at the hands of police but in equal measures a sign of respect for the five Dallas police officers who had absolutely nothing to do with those two deaths.
Good men with family and friends who love and need them, taken from this world simply because they wear the blue uniform. Just doing their thankless job, to serve and protect.
Vira Douangmany Cage recorded my peace protest debut
When Bobby Kennedy broke the news to a large predominantly black crowd in Indiana on April 4, 1968 of the tragic murder of non-violent peace activist Martin Luther King, his aides feared for his safety.
As he delivered his impromptu five minute speech after the initial gasp and wail from the crowd there was nothing but silence and respect for this white man who knew the pain of losing a loved one to senseless violence.
His call for peace and understanding, a heartfelt appeal to their better angels, was embraced. And Indianapolis was one of the few American cities that did not go up in flames that awful night.
"Let us dedicate ourselves to that; and say a prayer for our country, and our people."