Resources for Commemorating Selma Sunday 2015
1965. Marion, Alabama. Civil Rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson is shot and fatally wounded by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler. This event inspired the Selma-to-Montgomery March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Today, the struggle for voting rights is needed more than ever. Opposition to police brutality is in full swing through rallies, vigils, and die-ins. The discussion of how black lives matter is a fight for justice for all that continues every day.
2015. Selma, Alabama. On March 8, Unitarian Universalists will join the people of Selma on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate of the 50th anniversary of the bridge crossing in 1965.
Those who will not be in Selma have an important opportunity to join the movement by celebrating Selma Sunday in their communities. Here are some resources to help. To learn more, contact staff in the Unitarian Universalist Assocation's (UUA’s) Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group by emailing multicultural [at] uua [dot] org.
Articles, Books, and Films
- "Selma: The Witness," a first person account by Rev. Richard J. Norsworthy, a UU minister, of answering Dr. King's call to Selma in 1965, as published in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) journal the liberal context
- Selma Awakening (includes a free downloadable compaion guide)
- Southern Witness
- Call to Selma
- The Radical King
- Voices from the Margins
- The New Jim Crow (UUA 2012-2013 Common Read)
- Papers submitted to the Ohio River Ministers Group for their 2014 program on race
- Suggested reading and suggested films from the Living Legacy Project
- Selma, the national motion picture
- Selma Sunday suggested worship resources and sample order of service
- #BlackLivesMatter collection from the UUA Worship Web
- Ferguson Worship Collection (PDF, 18 pages) from the Ohio River Ministers Group
For Teaching and Religious Education
- Religious education materials (PDF) from the Ferguson Response Team
- Workshop 11: Civil Rights from "Resistance and Transformation," A UUA Tapestry of Faith program
- Families Pages, from UU World Spring 2015: When We Get Our Freedom (PDF, 4 pages)
Help for Talking about Ferguson
- How teachers can talk to students about Ferguson from pbs.org
- Resources for Addressing Ferguson in the Classroom from Education Week
- Following Ferguson: Teaching the Crisis in the Classroom from ColorLines
- More Resources for Teaching About #Ferguson from Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian by Relando Thompkins
For Action and Advocacy
- Ending the "New Jim Crow"
- Defending Voting Rights
- Standing on the Side of Love with Ferguson—Black Lives Matter