We sat down in Memphis for some reflection along with our lunch. Then we packed up and traveled to Birmingham, AL to spend time at Kelley Ingram Park. The park is full of historic monuments and events that impacted not only the city of Birmingham, but the entire world. It was an unexpected surprise to be greeted by a council-person from Birmingham who joined our gathering for a moment. He shared his engagement within the city and how proud he was that the city had “turned a corner“. This was was quite a reflective time for us as we not only traversed the park, but also spent time with many Birmingham residents. At this time of day, there are many people who are without housing that also spend time in the park. We had recently come from lunch and brought our leftovers with us, packaged to share with others. It was a privilege for us to meet wonderful people and to be able to share a meal with them. When in Birmingham, you experience the power of proximity as everything is close together, which you don’t always realize from the historical record.