by Carole Hyams-Howard
What does it mean to say one is a giant of a man? He of the unsung masses. He of the humble, singular footprint. He of the persistent, stubborn soul. He of the fearless, uncompromising spirit. He of the life is one’s actions. He of the powerful words repeating, demanding, commanding, insisting that we, the people, must be responsible, must continue the fight, the struggle for human rights and justice.
You know what those are. He told us. By all and any means necessary. Specific, certain and clear. Consistently. Year after year. He of the non-hesitating, no gray areas, pointed finger – right on target. He of the fiercest warrior love. He of the people all his life. His love for HIS people, THE people all his life. They say, “May he now RIP,” but he does not. His restlessness, a perpetual draft surrounding me. And I am old and I remember.
What does it mean to say one is a giant of a man:
Elbert “Big Man” Howard: Jan 5, 1938 – July 23, 2018, 6:13 a.m.
Carole Hyams-Howard is Big Man’s widow, an excellent photographer who has captured many historic occasions and a lifelong activist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.