I got a phone call at 1:30 a.m. or so (?) which I didn't mind so much because it was a quick deal and I probably was only 45 minutes into sleeping. I also didn't mind it because my alarm was set for a whole 45 minutes later than it usually is for work.
Remember the news gathering I was telling you about on Day 2? The not-dead-actually-quite-alive news gathering?
My first task Friday morning was to complete the assembly and sending of the letters. I left home around 8:45 and went to Publix to buy more stamps, completed the assembly in the car and went to the post office on the way to work.
I wasn't sure where the drop box was for the letters and I had 147 of them. The woman who worked at the post office showed me where it was, but then was nice enough to take all 147 letters from me and take care of them herself. She called me "darling" and wished me a good day.
I appreciated all of that.
More on the kindness of strangers: the parking attendants at the garage at work are always the kindest. I'm sure their job is boring sometimes but they always ask how I'm doing and then wish me a good night. It's the exact send off from a day at work that everyone deserves. I bet they know that.
Today at work, I met Mark Potter. Mark Potter is an extremely impressive NBC correspondent (with a wonderful news reporter voice.) Mark walked up to me and said "I don't believe we've met," and gave me a handshake. Introduced himself, and said "I'm one of the reporters here." As if I didn't know.
Took a mental note to always introduce myself followed by who I am. Because who really is even Oprah to make the assumption that everyone knows?
It was the perfect touch of humility.
Mark Potter asked me a few questions about UM and explained a bunch of the ties he had to the broadcasting department there.
Mark (although I think everyone here calls him Potter) showed me the package he did in South Carolina about the new details in the case of George Stinney, Jr., the 14-year-old sentenced to death by electric chair in 1944.
Check out the story here.
This isn't a spoiler, by the way. NBC is teasing the heck out of it, rightly so. I watched the story and said out loud, "this is big."
I slowly learned a lot of the new witnesses and details in the story came out of the woodwork because of NBC's coverage of the story, and witnessed the kindness of strangers at work once again.
The attorneys have planned a retrial for Stinney, Jr. on Tuesday, and will assess the potential clearing of his name after he was killed for the accused rape of two dead white girls. To me, it was the justice that rang as 3 Scottsboro Boys were pardoned posthumously 80 years later.
That's why this is big. In the piece airing on Weekend TODAY, Stinney's cellmate says Stinney told him, "why would they want to kill me for something I didn't do?"
And because of the kindness of the strangers at NBC and the justice they are working to reconcile, the world might ask the exact same question he did.
You heard it here first,