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A Journey of Faith: the 2009 UU Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage

The 2009 Unitarian Universalist (UU) Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage, February 11-18, 2009, was more than a civil rights tour. It began and ended in Birmingham, AL, and included stops in Marion, Selma, and Montgomery, AL; as well as Meridian and Philadelphia, MS.

Visiting the sites of civil rights activity forty to fifty years ago and talking with veterans of that Movement affects one’s thoughts and feelings; it provided superb preparation for deepening one’s understanding and commitment for work on the issues of race, oppression, and injustice that still bedevil Unitarian Universalism.

The Living Legacy Pilgrimage brings together people to connect our Unitarian Universalist legacy of work in the Civil Rights Movement to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) current commitment to becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution and to understanding the responsibility of the UUA and our congregations in doing the important work of racial reconciliation where it is indicated and necessary.

Leaders of the 2009 Pilgrimage:

  • Rev. Gordon Gibson
  • Judy Gibson
  • Rev. Hope Johnson
  • Janice Marie Johnson
  • Rev. Wendy Pantoja
  • Annette Marquis

Reflections of Members of the Pilgrimage

  • Day 1: February 11, by Annette Marquis
  • Day 2: February 12, by Gini Courter
  • Day 4: February 14, by Gini Courter with Annette Marquis, Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Rev. Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson
  • Day 5: February 15, by Gini Courter
  • Day 6: February 16, by Leon Dunkley
  • Day 7: February 17, by Jim Key
  • Final Reflections, by Annette Marquis

For more information contact web@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

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Revs. Janne and Rob Eller-Isaacs in Birmingham, as the tour participants gathered.


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Col. Stone Johnson, a veteran of the Birmingham Civil Rights struggle, spoke to the tour participants.


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Lehna Huie, Jova Vargas, and Hannah Eller-Isaacs, young adults on the tour.

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