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Monday, 22 Dec 2014

Alabama Odyssey Day 6

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Monday, April 8

10:00 Joanne Bland, Foot Soldier and activist - Tour of Selma

4:00 Discussion with Pat Godwin of the Friends of Forrest

Dinner provided by Sharon and David with Joanne Bland and Annie Pearl Avery.

I loved doing my speech at Browns Chapel knowing that Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Amelia Boynton all spoke from the same pulpit.


It struck me as ignorant when Pat said "Racism is about defending your race and not anything about discrimination".


In the beginning of the day we saw a short film depicting Bloody Sunday and Mrs. Bland as one of the marchers and after the film was over a woman talked about courage. Courage is the word I would use to describe the Civil Rights Movement.


The Lady with long nails

just another figure

in this community.

The lady with long nails,

the boy with nice shoes,

the man with a pretty car.

And here comes this parade of outsiders

these white kids who know nothing about the South

and they stare at the lady with long nails

they ask questions

but to the boy with nice shoes

and the man with the pretty car

and every other community member

she's just another lady

another lonely individual

no matter how much she can satisfy herself

with long nails

nice shoes

or pretty cars


During my trip to Alabama I got an in depth, hands on look at African American history by mingling with people of the other race. I have been out of this country quite a few times and still Alabama is the most foreign place I have every visited. I can still see a very vivid split between the races, I can see hate, I scan see arrogance, and I can see pride.


Live Oaks Cemetery

Graves made of marble

graves made of stone

but below the earth

lie Confederate restless bones

Trees left standing

silent watching heads

draped with the beards

of those now left for dead


Joanne told us an incredible story of her time during Bloody Sunday. What really struck me was the violence that normal people, people who might hold themselves to higher religious ideals, could inflict on helpless children and old people.


A little late but worth the wait - Mary Lee Bandolph sings at church, Sunday