Dear All Souls,
Fifty years ago, Dr. King led an historic struggle for voting rights in Selma, Alabama, a struggle for which the Rev. James Joseph Reeb, a minister of our church, gave his life.
This Sunday we commemorate that struggle and that sacrifice, and ask what they mean for us today as we continue to work for equal justice for all. This anniversary couldn’t come at a more important moment, as the Supreme Court has eviscerated the Voting Rights Act—Selma’s stunning legal achievement—and states across the country have taken steps to restrict access to the ballot for poor people and people of color.
Next week, members of our Reeb Voting Rights Project will travel to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary. We will march with thousands of others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, visit the site where Reeb was attacked, and meet Reeb’s widow, Marie. We’ll also connect with others who are engaged in the ongoing struggle for voting rights. Our march for justice continues.
This Sunday also begins our month-long exploration of the theme of sacrifice. As we ponder James Reeb’s story, let us also consider these words from Dr. King:
I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Please join us this Sunday for a powerful service that both honors and evokes the Civil Rights Movement.