Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein...Refugees Welcome


We visited Washington, D.C. for the first time since the 2016 presidential election. 

As I walked up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the umpteen time in my life, it felt different. It felt nostalgic. It felt fragile. But...it also felt like no one man could be bigger than what this country has struggled to become. It felt good. It felt reassuring. There were freshly minted graduates from American University and George Mason donning their caps and gowns taking pics. There was a full blown marching band playing patriotic tunes. There were kids (including my kids) jumping from step to step, soaking in the hot D.C. sun, staring down at the reflection pool. All was good for this one moment.

We left the Lincoln Memorial, passed through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and over to the larger than life bronze statue of Albert Einstein lounging in front of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue N.W. That's quite a trio - Lincoln to Vietnam to Einstein. 

Einstein's belief in social justice, etched into stone at his memorial, summed up my state of mind - "As long as I have a choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail."

To celebrate Einstein..and Lincoln..and all that have fought (and still fight) for what this country stands for, we designed a refugees welcome tee. This tee supports the International Rescue Committee (IRC)...a group that Einstein helped found 80+ years ago.

 


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