One Saturday At Picadilly’s

This thoughtful reflection piece from Barbara Echo-Hawk provides us a window into the world of segregation which she experienced while growing up in the 1960’s. While reading it, consider ways in which we still face segregation of various forms, and what we can do to expand our horizons and engage redemptively in the process of reconciliation in our own day.

One Saturday at Picadilly’s

4 Responses to “One Saturday At Picadilly’s”

  1. Lance Says:

    Is the link to Barb’s writing broken?

  2. Bryan Dormaier Says:

    Yes, Lance thanks for bringing it to my attention. It should now be fixed.

  3. Paul Louis Metzger Says:


    Thanks so much for your well-written and moving essay. The solitary, silent, and resolute black man is a symbol of enduring prophetic witness.


  4. Mariko Metzger Says:

    Barbara’s essay seemed to me like watching a series of snapshots, beginning from the scene of the sisters crowding in the bathroom to the finale of the solitary and resolute black man. The story is powerful particularly because the explicit madness sanctioned by law is blindly accepted by the grown-ups, while the teenage author intuits the wrongness of what she observed, which shakes her inner person.

    The solitary black man, however wrong he may have been perceived as by those around him, was the one truly free person.

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