Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 5: Montgomery and Selma, Alabama

Our good-looking group in front of the capitol building in Montgomery, where we would then take a tour of a building that presented a lot of Alabama's history...EXCEPT the Civil Rights Movement and a true representation of the Civil War and slave experience. There are NO African American heroes represented in the building or mentioned in the tour, and NO mention of Civil Rights whatsoever, although the building still flies the Confederate flag. Figure that one out...

Outside the Civil Rights Memorial Center with Maya Lin's monument to 40 of the martyred individuals from 1954 to 1968.

Bus 1 students with Joanne Bland at Brown Chapel (African Methodist Episcopal church), a church that served as the center of the movement in Selma, Alabama and was the starting place for the marches on Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, and the final Voting Rights March to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
(notice Joanne hugging Andrew in the front row!)

Joanne shows us the history behind the church, where marchers gathered before the marches.

The trip coordinators with Joanne Bland and Lynda Lowery, two strong and powerful women who marched on Bloody Sunday as teenagers and told their stories to us with such courage and resolve. They are an inspiration to EVERYONE in standing up for an issue and fighting for what they believe is right.

1 comment:

  1. I stand by my comments that the Capital Building and the First White House of the Confederacy are both monuments to treason and white supremacy. They have edited their history to reflect the States Rights/Lost Cause message that we hear reflected even today.