John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis crossed the river Jordan on July 17, 2020, and last Sunday, I went to Selma to see him cross the Alabama River one last time. I went because his last crossing simply had to be so very different from the first, with all the power we have within us to make...

‘Selma’

I had mixed feelings as I entered the movie theater to see “Selma” as a scholar of the civil rights movement. On the one hand, I am thrilled that there have been so many movies about African-American history and civil rights released in the past four to...

Selma: Sustaining the Civil Rights Momentum

“Selma: Sustaining the Momentum” was the title of a Dean Peerman and Martin E. Marty article in “The Christian Century” 48 years to the month after colleague Peerman and I joined several thousand protesters and prayers at the Edmund Pettis...

Selma’s ‘Turnaround March’ Was Turning Point

Of all of Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism experiences, one of the lesser known remains one of the more compelling. Many people associate King with Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965—even though he wasn’t in Selma when activists there...

From Selma to Montgomery

One car carried Viola Liuzzo and Leroy Moton. The other carried four Klansmen. The latter pulled alongside the former on a lonely stretch of U.S. Highway 80 between Selma and Montgomery. The Klansmen fired into Liuzzo’s car, killing her instantly. Moton survived...