This year's Pilgrimage from Selma to Montgomery taught us to connect the dots between the past and present. In Selma we met Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Monday movement, who explained how the loss of voting rights is connected to the attacks on every progressive movement of today. Then in Montgomery, we toured the facilities of the Equal Justice Initiative and heard the direct connection between slavery, lynching and today's mass incarceration. It was a rich journey, as rich as the soil of the Black Belt of Alabama. And it was a journey of hope because everywhere we met people full of spirit, joy and determination to move us forward to peace and justice.
It was a sacred journey that started with more than 100,000 descending on Selma to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Bridge Crossing. On the way we walked with hundreds of people young and old, including some of the original marchers, were hosted in grand style by Macedonia Church in Montgomery and felt the joy of being part of something much bigger than ourselves.
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Here are pictures from the Peace Walk from Asheville, NC to Oak Ridge, TN, set to music. The interlude with no music is Azule, promoting peace through community, art, and craft near Hot Springs, NC. We ended at Y-12, the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, and joined our voices with the 122 nations who voted to ban nuclear weapons in July. Thank you to those countries and to all who work for a work without nuclear.