Rita Hester — Courtesy of John Freda
Rita Hester — Courtesy of John Freda

“I love my son Rita.” I heard those words spoken in labored, cracked vocal tones years ago at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, a bastion of civil rights.

I remember sitting up more attentively in the pew and watching this amazingly brave mother. The sentence came boldly, intentionally, and…

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