In February, I had the honor of speaking at the Selma (AL) Chapter’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast.
I have visited Alabama numerous times in my life, but never Selma, and for my first visit to Selma to be in celebration of our civil rights icon was more than powerful. As I told the event’s attendees, in many ways, I felt as though I was standing on holy ground. To be in that historical southern city, in the shadow of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and in the memory of the bloodiest of Sundays, one could feel the spirit of struggle and the essence of sacrifice by those who strove so hard for freedom.
I share my Selma experience during Black History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the elders and celebrating our achievements, to remind us of the battles fought, the road ahead, and the hope I see on the horizon.
As we move through the coming months and recognize those who have helped us triumph, let us not forget to celebrate the leaders and sheroes in our midst, in our neighborhoods, in our communities, and in our chapters.
Linda J. Concroft