For me, nobody has ever said it better than Leonard Pitts Jr. (Tribune, Sept. 15) as he walked us through what might have been had those four young black girls not been blown up by the Klansmen who detonated that bomb in Birmingham 50 years ago. All the joys that teenagers experience as they transition into adulthood, the love that they would have given to and accepted from family and friends, and the many life experiences that they would have enjoyed.
Later in the day, I saw perhaps the best football game I have ever seen. It might be a paradox to mention it in the context of this letter, but it was played by two teams, Alabama and Texas A&M. On opposite sides of the line of scrimmage were 22 young men, some white and some black. That would not have happened 50 years ago.
Progress? Let us hope so. We still have a ways to go.