Inspired by Grisham, UVA grad walks to DC
In addition to inspiring local fiction writers recently, local author John Grisham has inspired one local anti-war activist to begin a 5-day walk tomorrow from the Rotunda to the White House in protest against the Iraq War.
During his Sunday commencement speech at UVA, the author spoke of the "fifty-eight thousand boxes" that returned from Vietnam, and had this advice for outgoing students: "When politicians get the itch to go to war, don't believe what they say."
"I've been against this war for a long time," says Nicholas Kimbrell, who co-founded UVA's Students for Peace in Iraq. "And it finally just clicked while I was listening to Grisham. Anti-war people need to make sacrifices for their cause, just like soldiers do, and this is a way to make a symbolic statement myself after graduation."
Kimbrell says he'll begin his trek tomorrow at 9am in front of the Rotunda, and that he'll be carrying a sign on his back that says, "Bring Our Troops Home: Memorial Day March, Charlottesville to DC." For safety reasons, he's let the State police know he'll be walking up Route 29 and will be keeping his cell phone on.
In addition to Grisham, Kimbrell also credits his Mom, a civil rights activist back in the day, with inspiring him to make the march.
"I think it will be a good summation of my years in Charlottesville," says Kimbrell.