Pitchforks, Class of 2003

I have a million memories of Ben. For the last three years, I've visited regularly in an attempt to capture his story. In the process, I discovered it's not possible to capture Ben's story. But, I learned a lot.

We talked to Ben about MLK, music, and mentorship. I learned about who he helped, why he helped, and what mattered to him. He was extraordinarily important to so many people. It's for that reason that I remember what he said when I asked, "What would you have done differently?" 

His words will forever ring in my ears. "If I could do it again, I would've tried to be more helpful." I'm not even sure how that would have been possible, but I will forever aspire to the standard he set.

All my love, Benjamin.

-Mark Hecker