Anyone check anything off the bucket list this past weekend? Maybe you attended Shaq's Fun House, his annual Super Bowl party, held this year at The Battery. Or perhaps you were one of 8,500 fans who rocked out to DirecTV's Super Saturday Night pre-Super Bowl Foo Fighters concert in the 72,000-square-foot pop-up venue that seemed to go up overnight alongside Atlantic Station. Maybe you actually attended the game. Or perhaps you skipped town altogether for a weekend on Miami Beach (I'm looking at you Todd Tautfest!)
Mine was neither sports, entertainment or travel related, but will remain one of the coolest experiences I've had in a pretty darn cool career:
I spent two-and-a-half hours with Congressman John Lewis touring the civil rights and social justice inspired murals that comprise WonderRoot's and the Super Bowl Host Committee's Off The Wall.
Full disclosure - it wasn't just me. There were clients, an artist, a board member, a couple of documentary film crews and some national media. But he was as gracious to all of us with his spirit and time as he was to random folks who walked up to get selfies with him. This author, humanitarian, civil rights icon and 33-year veteran of the United States Congress has received countless awards and honorary degrees. He is truly an inspiration.
Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, he remains a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence as prescribed by Dr. Martin Luther King.
The murals are are installed in neighborhoods surrounding downtown, and they are certainly compelling on their own.
While I'm sure the parties and concerts were epic, hearing Congressman Lewis's stories of marching alongside Dr. King and seeing his legacy live on in art was game changing.