Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Selma, 50 Years Later.... "You Can't Pretend to Show Up"

Clark Olsen. (Photo: William Woody, Citizen-Times)
This past Sunday, March 8, the UU Congregation in Andover had a special "Selma Sunday" service, marking the 50 years that have passed since the dramatic events in Selma, Alabama, eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

You can listen to my homily here. The title ("You Can't Pretend to Show Up") comes from a piece written by UUA President Peter Morales.

As part of the service, we watched the eight-minute "op doc" from the New York Times. I highly encourage watching it now, if you haven't seen it. It is an interview with Rev. Clark Olsen (pictured to the left), describing his own experience in Selma. It is very moving. You can watch the brief documentary at this link.

The bottom line is that Black Lives Matter. And it is very important that all of us -- whatever our racial or ethnic identity -- are part of this movement.

If you are so moved, you can make a gift to the James Reeb Fund for Multicultural Ministries and Leadership.
MLK during Selma march (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)
 
At the end of the third (and complete) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 25, 1965, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a 30-minute speech. You can listen to it here.

May we continue to march for justice.

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By the way, I do recommend seeing the new Selma movie. It is very well done.