I arrived late. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. But they waited for me, and they forgave me.
Beatrice Crocker had arranged for me to speak to a few voters in Bessemer City's Precincts 1 and 2 Friday night. Although I was unforgivably late, these folks were ready for a conversation, so they waited. When I arrived, I found them seated in lawn chairs under a tree in Bea's front yard. They had used the time to formulate a lot of probing questions, and they didn't waste any time asking them.
We talked until the sun was low. They shared a diverse range of views and a lot of wisdom. By the time we said good-bye after an hour and a half, I felt like I had made some new friends. And I definitely knew more than when I arrived. Thank you, Bea Crocker and Bessemer City. See you again soon.