Over the past month or so many articles in the News Tribune have shared subtle yet common themes: remembrance, renewal, and reconciliation.
Most recently, Memorial Day reminded us to honor those who died in war.
Additionally, Essentia Health courageously and wisely decided to embark on an ambitious plan to invest nearly $1 billion into a medical district in Duluth, a plan was presented to begin converting the former jail at the Civic Center into much-needed affordable, the renovated NorShor Theatre opened, the Superior Street transformation began, the Pastoret Terrace and surrounding buildings fell further into further disrepair, and a Duluth contingent traveled across the country to visit a lynching memorial and returned "overwhelmed in a good way."
The time has come to overwhelm our conscience and resurrect the area around the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial to truly honor the memories of the three black men lynched there. The 100-year anniversary of that tragedy is only two years away.
Economic development can provide the necessary catalyst for Duluth to meet the needs of its most needy citizens. As a primary employer, the medical district in Duluth can rightfully be called the city's lifeblood.
But social consciousness is its soul, and, right now, the soul needs saving.