On Sunday night, we had the opportunity to meet religious leaders from the community at the First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL. Four of the five people we met had interacted with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was incredible to be in the presence of people who have lived through the pinnacle of the Civil Rights Movement. Here are their names:
- Doctor Milton Davis
- Doctor Betty Davis
- Reverend Jackie Slaughter
- Reverend John Brooks
- Reverend Farrell Duncombe
On Monday, we visited the Selma Interpretation Center in Selma, AL. As we were talking to one of the interpreters, we found ourselves in the presence of Joanne Bland, a foot soldier in the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. She was marching with some young people across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and asked us to join. As we were lining up to walk across the bridge, she said, “Think of social movements as a jigsaw puzzle. If a piece is missing, is the puzzle complete? No! You are the most important piece. All of us are equally important.” Afterwards, we visited The Lowndes Interpretive Center and we saw Joanne in the museum video. Joanne continues her work through her program, “Journeys For The Soul,” which entails giving groups a four hour Civil Rights tour in Selma. You can check out more of her work at this website: “Joanne Bland – civil and human rights activist.”
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