Category Archives: Selma & Civil Rights

An Anti-Racism Exercise: Listen to Neo-Confederates

An Exercise for readers devoted to “anti-racist” work:
Here’s an 8-minute video taken by reporters from the Guardian, a UK paper, in Selma last week. They talk (and listen) to two leading “Neo-Confederates,” white southerners who are still devoted to the idea that the South should have won the U.S. Civil War, and failing that, southern states should seek to secede today.
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Todd Kiscawen, left and Pat Godwin. right; prominent Neo-Confederates, and guardians of “Confederate Circle” in the Old Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama.

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Selma, Me & Jimmie Lee Jackson

Selma, Me & Jimmie Lee Jackson

Just this past weekend, a friend discovered a photo from Selma in 1965, where I’m in the frame. Here it is — the same one posted yesterday, but with more of the image. In the front row are John Lewis and Andrew Young; Lewis is talking about the plans to march from Selma to Montgomery, to demand justice and voting rights for people of color in Alabama.

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That’s me at the right, looking over AndyYoung’s shoulder.

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Tomorrow: A Selma 50th Blockbuster!

Coming: A Selma 50th Blockbuster!

Yes, tune in to this blog (& my Facebook page) for a singular revelation from Selma history. Long-awaited, never seen before.

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In this photo, the March from Selma to Montgomery is being announced. But there’s something else here . . .
Here’s a clue: In this photo, the March from Selma to Montgomery is being announced. But there’s something else in it . . .which will be disclosed tomorrow. It’s “A Friendly Letter” Exclusive . . . .

Eating Dr. King’s Dinner

Topics: Dr. King, Selma Alabama, voting rights, Gandhi, nonviolence

On February 1, 1965, I was arrested in Selma, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King and 250 others. Here’s what happened that day, and how I ended up eating Dr. King’s dinner.

I – Blocking the View, Blocking the Road

King-ArrestThat morning, I was too tense to eat. Keyed up and ready, my thoughts were full of armies marching to battle.

It was February 1, 1965. I was part of a nonviolent “army” – or at least a battalion – set to march in Selma, Alabama that day. Our objective, the territory we hoped to occupy, was downtown, the Dallas County jail; we planned to capture it by getting arrested.

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Pete Seeger Was In Selma

Pete Seeger Was In Selma (And Just About Everywhere Else Activism & Music Were Happening)

Seeger-singingFrom “Talking Points Memo”:

<< One of the few missing ingredients in the film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie’s credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing that emboldened the marchers during the four-day, 54-mile trek.

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