Author Archives: Marty Luster

Getting Together With 175,000 Of My Closest Friends

Yes, the official BPD estimate for the Boston March is 175,000. What an experience to be part of that extraordinary exercise of our First Amendment rights. And what an emotional trip to be there with my wife, my daughter, her husband and Shanti and Raj.

In August, 1963, having just graduated from college and awaiting the beginning of my first term at law school, I attended the Martin Luther King march on Washington. It was a singular moment of my life. In the intervening years I have attended and  documented probably hundreds of demonstrations, marches and rallies. I have talked to my grandkids about these things and now they have had their first experience in participatory democracy. I truly believe it will stay with them as long as my early experiences have stayed with me. They felt the embrace of this wonderfully diverse and energetic nation, and the boundless hope that is generated by love, mutual respect and the dream of a better world.

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Let Freedom Ring

On this Martin Luther King Day, the Gloucester Writers Center presented the latest of its Fish Tales series at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Among the presenters were these refugees from Damascus and Aleppo Syria who related their frightful and inspiring stories of escape from the ongoing holocaust in Syria to the beauty, peace and safety of Gloucester.

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The Gift

My 8 year old granddaughter presented me with a little booklet she entitled “A Gift of Poetry” which contains 7 of her original poems. Shanti is a voracious reader and a talented writer. She keeps a detailed journal and loves to listen to, write and tell stories. More than anything, she loves the idea of family.

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