Sunday was an incredible day for us. After touring Selma, we walked together across the Edmund Pettus Bridge just as John Lewis and so many others did in 1965. A powerful experience to say the least.
Upon returning to Montgomery, we spent time at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which was where Dr. King spent the first six years of his career preaching upon his graduation from BU. This was the headquarters of the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement, and our tour of this beautiful church was truly special.
We then rotated to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building for a lesson on the Selma to Montgomery march using Walking with the Wind. As we reflected on the progress made since the march, it was striking to recognize that these were the very steps on which Jefferson Davis took his oath of office as President of the Confederacy. It’s also the same vantage point that Gov. George Wallace had in 1965 as he looked out from his office window at the post-march celebration that Hary Belafonte organized to welcome the weary marchers.
Our final stop was the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Civil Rights monument. Designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam War monument in Washington D.C., the SPLC Civil Rights Monument has the names of forty people who were murdered during the movement.
All in all, this was a special day that’s brought our group much closer together.