Eyewitness to Selma: Faith Leaders’ Stand for Civil Rights
In March 1965, a nonviolent protest about voting rights for African Americans turned tragic when police attacked demonstrators on what would come to be called “Bloody Sunday.” On March 9, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. asked faith leaders to join him for a second march in support of equal rights for black voters. A young United Methodist pastor in Boston heard King’s call and soon found himself in the middle of history. Like so many, the Rev. Gil Caldwell can never forget that event 50 years ago.
“The black residents of Selma impressed me, as I remember I could feel their support. I had the feeling that those persons were vicariously identifying with us. In fact, that we were standing up for them in ways that they could not stand up themselves.”
Spend some time at the UMC News & Media website. Follow this link and watch a video featuring Rev. Gil Caldwell remembering the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.