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In the vicious maltreatment of defenseless citizens of Selma, where old women and young children were gassed and clubbed at random, we have witnessed an eruption of the disease of racism which seeks to destroy all America. No American is without responsibility. The people of Selma will struggle on for the soul of the nation but it is fitting that all Americans help to bear the burden. I call therefore on clergy of all faiths to join me in Selma.
—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Rev. Richard Nash and 1st Unitarian Chicago, March 8, 1965

Commemorate Selma Sunday on March 8, 2015

Nearly fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, including Unitarian Universalists, calling on them to join him in Selma—and Unitarian Universalists (UUs) heeded the call.

Now, Unitarian Universalists are once more being called to continue witnessing against the “disease of racism”: voter disenfranchisement and the eroding of civil rights, the lack of justice especially for the deaths of young men and transgender women of color, and escalating inequality in our country.

You are invited to witness with thousands of others by symbolically “crossing the bridge” for justice on Selma Sunday in your congregation. 

Watch Live

Threer keynote events and one special session from Marching in the Arc of Justice: A Conference Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign will be livestreamed. To view the three keynote events, go to Living Legacy Project at the following times:

Friday, March 6, 2015  9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (CST) General Session Keynote Address:  the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed
Retired from Unitarian Universalist parish ministry, The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed is an affiliated faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School and the coordinator of the Sankofa Archive there. He is the author or editor of several books from Skinner House Books, including The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism.

Friday, March 6, 2015  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm. (CST) General Session: Conversation with the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian
C.T. Vivian is a minister, author, and was a close friend of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Vivian, who recently founded the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute in Atlanta, GA., was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's leadership and assaulted in a voting rights demonstration in Selma by infamous Sheriff Jim Clark.  President Barack Obama has called him the best preacher that ever lived.

Saturday, March 7, 2015  7:30 a.m – 8:00 a.m. (CST) How to Build a Movement with The Rev. Dr. William Barber II

Saturday, March 7, 2015  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (CST) Wake Up Call with Rev. Barber
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, II is the Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Pres. of the North Carolina NAACP, a national NAACP Board Member, and architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. For more information visit  Rev. Barber's website.

Saturday, March 7, 2015  9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Keynote Session – Opal Tometi
Opal Tometi is a transnational Black feminist, writer, producer and facilitator. Tometi is co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and helped launch the political project and network in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin in order to combat anti-black racism. She is as the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), a national organization that educates and advocates for immigrant rights and racial justice with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities.

Support the James Reeb Fund

The James Reeb Fund for Multicultural Ministries and Leadership supports multicultural growth throughout the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and in Unitarian Universalist congregations. This includes supporting congregations doing voting rights work and programs such as Finding Our Way Home, a retreat for religious professionals of color. Please consider taking a special collection during your Selma Sunday worship to go to the James Reeb Fund for Multicultural Ministries and Leadership.

Take Action in Your Community

Host a Selma Sunday Vigil from 2:30–3:30pm Central Time on March 8 to correspond with the time of the march in Selma. Bring “We Remember Selma” and “Black Lives Matter” and “Love” signs. Reach out to activists and faith leaders in your community and hold your vigil together. 

See Standing on the Side of Love Tips for Vigils. Send photos and captions to love [at] uua [dot] org for posting to the Standing on the Side of Love Facebook page.

Come to Selma

Registration is full for the Living Legacy Project's Marching in the Arc of Justice: Re-Visiting Selma conference honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, March 5-8, 2015.

You can still participate in the powerful events throughout the 50th Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, March 6-9, 2015, and join with approximately 1,000 Unitarian Universalists for the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 8 from 2:30–3:30pm. RSVP for the UU march contingent and get up-to-the-minute details via the Facebook event.

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For more information contact multicultural@uua.org.