...what we must understand [is] that King Josiah has died and it's up to us to continue this, and I for one, am saying, 'Here am I, I'll go, send me.' And I invite you to do likewise.

Victoria Gray Adams: I remember one night at the Morning Star Baptist Church, this was right behind the First Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, and we realized that there had come lots of ministers from all over the country to support us on the First Freedom Day that took place I guess anywhere in the movement communities. And it was getting time for these people to return to their homes, and I was thinking, "what are we going to do now that these people are leaving, they can't stay, they really must go." And it came to my mine the writer of Isaiah, when he had been, what was it, purified with the fire, his tongue, and then he heard, you know, it goes something like, "In the year that King Josiah died, I saw the Lord." Okay, well, we were at a point right there in Hattiesburg where King Josiah was about to leave us, and yet we knew, I knew, we had to keep this momentum going, and so I thought of the scripture when he said that he heard a voice, and it said, "who shall we send and who will go for us?" and I said, "Here am I, send me, I'll go." And as I sat there, and that thing played out in my head, I had to get up and tell the gathered body about it. I said this is what we who live in Hattiesburg, this is what we must understand that King Josiah has died and it's up to us to continue this, and I for one, am saying, "Here am I, I'll go, send me." And I invite you to do likewise. And then a little later, on another occasion, I remember I was on my way to a speaking engagement at Reverend Phillips church in D.C. and I wasn't at all sure what I was going to talk about that morning, and I had my Upper Room with me, that's a devotional booklet of the Methodist church, and there was this scripture where Jesus, I started to say stood, but I believe he sat down, among the gathered body, and unrolled the scroll and started to read, and he talked about—you know what he talked about—he'd come to release, to minister to, to visit, and then when he had finished that scripture, the really amazing thing was he rolled the scroll up and handed it back and said, "Today, the scripture is fulfilled." And once again, I understood that as an affirmation of what I must do. And so, those are some of the things that have guided my life, that have informed my life as I have continued to this journey. I invite you, as you've heard the spirit's brief sharing from my journey, to make you commitment if you haven't already, and I'd like for us to do this together, in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer and others who sang, "this little light of mine. I'm going to let it shine. This little light of mine. I'm going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine." Please stand up now, let's put a little more life in this than me.

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