Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta to Host Commemorative Selma Event
Atlanta, GA – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) will host “Remembering Selma, Affirming Our Call,” an evening to honor the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00PM. The event, which will be held at UUCA, will include special guests Rev. Dr. C.T Vivian and family members of slain civil right activist and Unitarian Universalist minister, Reverend James Reeb.
Rev. Anthony Makar, Senior Minister of UUCA, says, “50 years ago, Dr. King broadcast far and wide his call to clergy of all faiths to join him and thousands of marchers in Selma, to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge for justice. And now, 50 years later, we remember this great event in the history of our nation. We also recommit ourselves to the work that awaits. The path before us is still stony, the chastening rod is still bitter. Ferguson and Staten Island break our hearts. Incarceration rates of people of color are horrific. Ensuring voting rights for all continues to be a struggle. In this day and age we must raise our voices to affirm that black lives matter and still there are too many people who don’t get it. We are full of gratitude, full of grief, full of urgency.”
In early 1965, the southern Christian Leadership Conference appealed to people across the United States to join in the struggle for voting rights in Selma. Many Unitarian Universalists (UUs) answered the call, including the Reverend James Reeb, who died following a brutal attack. Fifty years later, on March 5-8, 2015, UUs are gathering in Alabama for a significant civic, political, and interfaith celebration.
In spiritual preparation for this historic event, on March 4th, UUCA will remember with prayer, music, and words of inspiration those Unitarian Universalists and so many others who courageously faced violence and marched from Selma to Montgomery, acknowledging the work that has been done and affirming the call to continue the journey.
The event is free to attend. For more information visit www.uuca.org