By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
First, the inspiration: we had a fantastic day here -- our senior staff spent four hours (an extended editorial board meeting and lunch) with five of the most influential African-American pastors in this country: we welcomed Bishop T. D. Jakes, Bishop Charles Blake, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, Rev. A. R. Bernard and Pastor John Borders to NBC News -- for a discussion of faith and politics and much more. We have an active program of visitors here, which can only make our work better.
Also, I recommend an article in the New York Times on a big change in Lower Manhattan at Ground Zero. A relic is about to be moved. I feel the same way about it as I did the removal of the last dramatic charred shards of the towers -- which many of us believe would have been the most stark, effective and meaningful memorial to the awful loss on 9-11. All it takes is a little imagination in the design and construction of the memorials that become our most meaningful public architecture. After all, I'm writing this from Rockefeller Plaza -- a huge, sprawling complex of buildings that was built around a diminutive corner restaurant and bar(a holdout in the 1930's who didn't want to sell, a watering role still known to us veterans as "Hurley's" even though it has changed hands a few times), and if that can be the case with a midtown office complex...surely our more meaningful structures and reminders can, with a little imagination and some leadership...be incorporated into bigger plans.
We hope you'll join us for tonight's broadcast.