During this time of reflection on anniversaries – some joyous like the March on Washington, some tragic and still infuriating, like the murder of the Sunday School girls in Birmingham, we pause to reflect on the people and friends who have made contributions to positive change, to moving forward not backward and to keeping the faith. Our eyes are wide open yet we still hold Martin’s Dream and our own to be possible. I want to share images of just handful of the dozens of amazing people who supported me on the journey to complete This Bright Light of Ours:Stories of the Voting Rights Fight, University of Alabama Press February 2014. http://www.thisbrightlightofours.com
Below (Left to right)
Ethel Brooks, Freedom Fighter (In Memorium)
Bettina Aptheker, author, advisor, friend
Lewis V Baldwin, author, advisor, friend & inspiration
Surprise Happy 65th Birthday to Samuel Torres Jr my beloved, my office manager and source of endless support
Charles R. Stephens (In Memorium) for years of co-training, diversity lessons and leadership
Bruce Hartford, Bay Area Civil Rights Veterans for fact-checking, resources and realism
Missing photo but not appreciation: Martha Jane Brazy, historian, for enthusiasm, editorial eye and noodging to make it even better
New This Bright Light book website coming soon: http://www.thisbrightlightofours.com
2014 Events – Save the Date
This Bright Light of Ours: A Celebration of Wilcox County Voting Rights, book reading, signing and reception, Camden, AL March 6, 2014.
This Bright Light of Ours, book reading, signing and reception, Temple Beth El, Aptos, CA February 20, 2014.
4th Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum, moderator and panelist, The Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, Holy Names University, Oakland, February 15, 2014.
The Voice of Conscience: Civil Rights, Post Civil Rights and the Future Freedom Struggle Conference Plenary Speaker, Vanderbilt University, November 9, 2013.
The March on Washington@50 Symposium, moderator and panelist; with Stanford University MLK Institute, Sojourn To The Past and Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, August 17, 2013.
Freedom Stories of People in Struggle, presenter with Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, May 5, 2013.
Forging Alliances And Building Coalitions, California Social Studies Conference, panelist, Burlingame, CA, March 9, 2013.
These sites are not yet live – check back in early October.