5th Grade Class Tries to Right a 50 Year Old Wrong
It was 1957 when Rev. Gil Caldwell and his new bride Grace were married in North Carolina. The newlyweds drove 8 hours to honeymoon in the Pocanos, but on their arrival they were turned away because they were black.
Gilbert immersed himself in the civil rights movement. He worked very closely with Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, he speaks about the civil rights movement, frequently telling his honeymoon story. One day, as he told the story to a grouo of 5th graders at Bear Tavern Elementary in Titusville, New Jersey. These children were so moved by the story, they decided to do what THEY could to right that wrong.
“At the end of the story I was like, ‘that’s just terrible,'” one student said. “It was really heartbreaking,” said another. “I feel like this is the worst thing that someone could do to someone.”
They all wrote letters to Mount Airy in the Pocanos.
One student wrote “the Caldwells made me think about not only standing up for myself, but standing up for others and fixing mistakes that were made in the world.”
The letters also requested the wrong be made right with an all expenses paid trip. Mount Airy agreed and 60 years after the wrong, Gil and Grace received their honeymoon.
“It makes me feel really good inside because we know that even though we’re just kids, we made an impact on the world,” one student said.
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