"I stared down at the inscription for a long time:
'There are those who are alive, yet will never live. There
are those who are dead, yet will live forever...' It moved
me in a way I can't even put into words. The whole scene
was so emotional, it was too profound."
"Obie Clark did not speak much, but left us to ponder
the electric silence in a stupor... I stood once again,
completely dumbfounded, trying to feel James Chaney's
restless spirit and to understand what it could possibly
have been like for him to die in the way he did for the
reasons he did. I stood stock still by the grave, reading
the inscription over and over... which, I admit, brought
tears to my eyes."
"While visiting the grave, we all held hands and
sang 'We shall overcome.' I was overwhelmed by both sadness
and strength at this point..."
"I was appalled that acts as disgusting as these
[the vandalism of the grave] are still common today, when
we assume we can rest because the major battles of civil
rights have been won."