Τhis is my first stop on a two-day journey in following some of the footsteps taken by Jonathan Daniels 50 years ago. Civil rights movement museums, interpretive centers and historical markers are in abundance on the 50-mile road from Selma to Montgomery, which is designated a national historic trail.
I joined the group from the Episcopal Divinity School, where Jonathan attended, for an emotional walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of Bloody Sunday in 1965. The group here in Selma includes several classmates and friends of Jonathan. Tears for sure.
Jonathan and his friend Judith Upham lived with a local Selma family in this complex while working on the civil rights movement in 1965. Judy is on this trip and will be in Keene for commemorative ceremonies next weekend.
Jonathan tried to worship here at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Selma. Often, he was turned away. Several speakers today talked about their relationship during a special church luncheon.
Brown Chapel was used as a headquarters in planning many of the marches during the civil rights movement. Jonathan was a part of these meetings.
Listening to the speakers from Selma at the church luncheon who knew Jonathan was riveting. One of his classmates from Harvard who is considered Selma's historian and a terrific poet read some of his works about Jonathan. Lots of eyes were filled with tears.