Selma-Montgomery Peace Pilgrimages -- 2019 and 2018.

Every year we walk the 54-mile historic route from Selma to Montgomery, retracing the steps of the original marchers in 1965 whose courage, perseverance and righteousness led to the Voting Rights Act.

On the five-year anniversaries, we join the Civil Rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as they organize a large commemorative event that lasts a week and includes evening mass meetings along with the day's walking. The next 5-year commemoration is in 2020.

Our Peace Pilgrimages are more humble, usually around a dozen or so people walking Highway 80 and reflecting on race in America. We have been doing this "off-years" walk for about 15 years. For the last two years, we have been a group of 8. The walk starts with the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, the largest annual Civil Rights gathering in the country, commemorating the "Bloody Sunday" event that shocked the nation. Beginning in 2019, we end the Pilgrimage in Montgomery at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, i.e., the Lynching Memorial. This memorial is the work of the Equal Justice Initiative [eji.org], a nonprofit legal organization that seeks to educate by showing the direct connection between slavery and today's mass incarceration, and between lynching and today's death penalty.




2019-Visiting the National Memorial for

Peace and Justice in Montgomery

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.

Peace Pilgrimage:

WHAT TO KNOW, WHAT TO BRING

  1. We walk an average of 15 miles per day. Generally, we will walk for an hour -- about 3 miles -- and take a break. Everyone is encourage to make his or her best effort, however, a support vehicle is available for the foot-sore and the weary.
  2. You are welcome to join for an hour, a day or the entire walk. 
  3. The support vehicle also carries the luggage, water to refill water bottles and food for the day. 
  4. We stay mainly in churches and homes, and everyone needs to bring a sleeping bag and pad and be prepared to sleep on the floor.
  5. Daily chores on the Pilgrimage can include packing up vehicles, cleanup of the vehicle(s), setting out lunch & cleanup, cleanup at our stay place and evening meal preparation. Everyone can pitch in.
  6. Things to bring: sleeping bag & sleeping pad; good walking shoes, preferably ones that are half a size big as your feet will swell with the walking; water bottle as well as your own plate, cup and utensils; a hat to block the sun. Even so, PLEASE PACK AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE.
  7. No pets please. Let us know if you need to bring a service animal.
  8. No drugs, no alcohol.

Please contact us with specific questions.

Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda &

2015 was the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. A hundred thousand crowded into the small town to mark the occasion and hundreds completed the entire 54-mile trail. Here, set to music, is our tribute.

Peace Pilgrimage to End Nuclear Weapons and Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days-2019

2017 Peace Pilgrimage to Oak Ridge, July 30 to August 6

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.

“The time has come.

The time has come when we can no longer contain the urge to do something, but rush out of our houses.

The time has come to look up to heaven, prostrate ourselves to earth, to voice our grief, and to share it with everyone.” 

The Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, 

Founder of Nipponzan Myohoji


We marked the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a peace walk from Asheville, NC to Oak Ridge, TN, from July 28 to August 6. It was in Oak Ridge at the Y-12 Plant where the uranium for the Hiroshima bomb was enriched, and it is at Y-12 today where the continued manufacture of these weapons of mass destruction has been normalized, just another day on the job. We walk to awaken ourselves and everyone to this madness.