Storyteller Lyn Ford remembers growing up in Sharon, Pennsylvania at her
grandmother’s house where there was no TV for entertainment. Instead, her
grandmother leaned over the fence to gossip with her neighbor, Mrs. Rosenberg.
Mrs. Rosenberg spoke in a beautiful language that sounded like music to Ford. It was
so beautiful she used to imitate it to her friends even though she didn’t know what
she was saying. Her fascinating neighbor baked the most wonderful cookies and
called them moon cookies. Ford noticed that Mrs. Rosenberg usually kept her long
sleeves down completely covering her arms. But when Mrs. Rosenberg did pull up
her sleeves, the young Ford saw numbers marked on her arm and she thought they
must be the older woman’s phone number. Most of all, Ford remembered Mrs.
Rosenberg’s beautiful song about peace that she sung in Hebrew.
Years passed and Lyn Ford was a junior in high school when Martin Luther King, Jr.
was assassinated. She and her friends thought that school should close down for the
day but they discovered they were expected to attend classes. Nothing felt right about this, so many of the
students decided to walk out and march through the streets to the church to mourn the loss of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and join together as a community.
During their peaceful walk through the streets the crowd sang “We Shall Overcome” and in that multitude of
voices, Lyn Ford heard another voice singing the Hebrew song she remembered from Mrs. Rosenberg so many
years ago, reminding all of us to “walk together in unity and peace.”
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