On Wednesday, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of being on hallowed ground as the U.S. commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
Bernice King gave an impassioned speech, much like one her father gave before her, but I couldn’t help but think of another human rights activist, Maya Angelou, and her use of the word hallowed.
In an interview I had with her before she spoke at Western University in 2011, the renowned Angelou called Canada “hallowed” ground.
“Canada has the distinct position of having been a haven. (The slaves) wrote about Canada by calling it Canaan. I’m going to cross over into Canaan land,” Angelou said before arriving in Canada for her speech.
While the U.S. uses pomp and circumstance to confidently espouse it’s belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, here in Canada we’ve quietly done the right thing long before the U.S. even considered it.
Canada is the true hallowed ground and Maya Angelou knew it and respected it.
Should we be celebrating out loud all that our forefathers and foremothers did? Or continue to quietly go about our business as the best nation on earth.
Here’s my interview with Angelou.