On one rather ordinary summer night on June 28, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a little tavern in New York City's West Greenwich Village, finally stood up in defiance against a regimen of harassment and intimidation openly administered by the New York City Police Department. The events that followed that night and the days after would send ripples of profound social change around the world.
Those ripples soon grew into waves of change. Historic change that continues as we record these thoughts nearly fifty years later. It is impossible to project when theseswells of change and equality might subside, but it can be said as we look back on that steamy summer night in June that The Stonewall Inn will cement its place in history as the "Place Where Pride Began."