Friends, I want to write to you today about an important event in Alexandria’s history. On this day in 1939, an African-American lawyer, Samuel Tucker, organized a sit-in at Alexandria’s sole library, which at the time was open only to whites. Six black men entered the library, quietly took a book from the shelves, and sat down to read. They were arrested. True change takes courage and time, and some progress comes slowly.
Friends, this weekend we were so lucky to spend a gorgeous day in Quincy Park, with ice cream, puppies, and a crowd of over 100 friends, both old and new. I was so happy to share all the great events, policy forums, and meet-and-greets we have planned on the road to November 4th!
Taking a page from Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer kicked off the last 80 days of his campaign for Virginia's 8th congressional seat this morning at Arlington's Quincy Park. Beyer announced his plan to listen to and learn from the citizens of the 8th district - one of the nations most educated and engaged communities. "This campaign is about ideas and optimism," Beyer said. "To paraphrase Jules Verne, 'Anything one person can imagine, others can make real.' "