by Rev. Peter Friedrichs
This week, Irene and I are embarking on a pilgrimage of sorts. We are traveling to Birmingham and Selma, AL, as part of the “Marching in the Arc of Justice Project,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the subsequent march from Selma to Montgomery.
As we know from the recent movie, these events were pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Voting Rights Act, federal legislation that guaranteed the right to vote for all Americans. While in Alabama, we will meet people who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with Dr. King — people who are true civil rights heroes — as well as activists in the ongoing struggle for equality and justice. We will attend workshops and events that will bring civil rights history to life, and I’m sure we’ll be inspired to action in the future.