"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.
All too often, it seems, we save our praises of an individual until after he or she has passed away.
Well, for one very prominent North Carolinian, our state leaders are doing something about that.
On October 2nd, Governor Pat McCrory came to town to sign a bill requesting that Charlotte’s own Rev. Billy Graham receive a most-high honor.
Each of the fifty states is allowed to place two statues of people who positively represent their state in the U. S. Capitol building.
For decades, North Carolina’s entries have been former governors Zebulon Vance and Charles Aycock.
While Mr. Aycock did some good things for education, he also had a reputation as a white supremacist.
So, a switch of statues to Rev. Graham certainly seems in order.
A Joint Committee on the Library of Congress will make the final decision.
Also in the works for Rev. Graham are a display on his life and accomplishments at the North Carolina Museum of History,
and a request to honor him on a U. S. Postage Stamp.
Rev. Graham will turn 97 on November 7th.
His contributions to the world and to the church are far too vast to mention here.
But we commend our state’s leaders for their efforts to honor such an outstanding native son of both Charlotte and North Carolina.
Congratulations, Rev. Billy Graham.