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"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
During Black History Month, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a commemorative virtual rucking event. His actions and words on how to treat one another continue to inspire and challenge us to hold ourselves to a higher standard.
When asked how long it would take for justice to come to those seeking equality, Dr. King replied, “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
The Selma to Montgomery marches were three protests held in March 1965, along the 54-mile highway from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery. Today, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail honors the 54-mile march of non-violent activists, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the lead up to and during these marches, peaceful protesters were met with intractable resistance and violence by whites in positions of power that resulted in the death of deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson, as well as the brutal beating of Amelia Boynton and others in an event that became known as Bloody Sunday. By highlighting racial injustice, these marches contributed to passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the civil rights movement.
"Last Sunday, more than eight thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Alabama. We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Some of our faces are burned from the outpourings of the sweltering sun. Some have literally slept in the mud. We have been drenched by the rains. Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore."
- Excerpt from the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama