Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Remembering a hero

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I did not realize who Sen. [Gwendolyn] Britt was in 2002 when she first ran since I was brand new to government and politics. It was not until a year later when the newspaper article came out that had her sitting on the carousel at Glen Echo Park that I learned about her background. Everyone knows which article that is now, the one that recapped her introduction to fighting for those who did not have a voice back in the ‘60s when she was only 18.

When I read that article everything made perfect sense. What we had was a true hero representing us; there really is no other way to put it. At an age where most of us do not even know what in the world we are going to do once we graduate high school, she was already paving the way for the movement that would change this country.

When I called her husband, Travis, after I heard the news, his words were: ‘‘Will, we lost our senator,” which was unfortunately true, we had in fact lost our great senator.

However, through my studies in Classics, I have learned that every hero who goes sooner than we expect them also lives forever. Their name is known forever, their acts are passed down from generation to generation.

Senator Gwen Britt is a true hero. Without her struggles to achieve equal rights for all humans in this country, I would not be here today, and I want to tell her now that I recognize that, I always have, I just never got a chance to say it to her.

Her epic battle was to fight valiantly for those who did not have a voice, who could not fight, and more importantly, who needed to be heard. Her armor was her faith in God. Her weapon was her wisdom to understand the unfairness of inequality and her heroic quest was to do something about it.

Every hero has an orator, a storyteller who recounts the great deeds that our hero has accomplished. It is our turn to begin telling who Senator Gwen Britt is and what she accomplished for us in this life. It is what every true hero deserves.

Thank you Senator Britt, we will do our best to continue your legacy. Que en paz descanse, Senadora.

County Councilman William A. Campos(D-Dist. 2) of Hyattsville