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Why the march is personal for us

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Jan 17, 2014

Did you see the email from Rev. Morales on Monday encouraging you to come to Raleigh? If not, click here.

I want to echo Peter’s call and tell you why dozens of us from All Souls Church in Washington, DC are joining him in Raleigh.


Simply put: For us this march is personal.


In 1965 the Rev. James Reeb, a former minister of our church, was killed on the streets of Selma marching for voting rights. His death moved President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act into Congress 49 years ago.

But last June the Supreme Court eviscerated that law, and since then states like North Carolina have passed legislation intended to suppress the vote of students, the working poor, people of color and the formerly incarcerated.

In the name of James Reeb and all those who struggled and died for the right to vote, we have a personal and moral obligation to protect their hard-won freedoms.


If you can join us in Raleigh on February 8, click here to register and learn more.


Can’t come to Raleigh, but still want to make a difference? Here are ways you can be involved from where you live:

  • Light candles/say a solidarity prayer or message at February 9th worship service
  • Watch a 10 min. video of Rev. William Barber, President of the NAACP NC, on the Forward Together Moral Movement
  • See Bill Moyer’s January 3rd program on the Moral Mondays movement (45 minutes)
  • Donate and/or take up a collection at your congregation for the NAACP NC to continue their important work. Your gift to the UUA will go to support the NC NAACP
  • Sign and circulate the NAACP’s petition to restore the Voting Rights Act
  • Find out if a people’s assembly has been organized or is organizing in your state. If so, join it. If not, offer to help your local NAACP chapter in organizing one.


The Thirty Days of Love starts tomorrow, and as part of the campaign, messengers from across the country will share why, even as we are celebrating the 50th anniversaries of so many important civil rights victories, there is still more work to be done. To learn more about the first week of Thirty Days of Love, with resources on “Living the Dream,” click here.


In one of his final sermons at All Souls before his death, the Rev. James Reeb said:

We [must] take upon ourselves a continuing and disciplined effort with no real hope that in our lifetime we are going to be able to take a vacation from the struggle for justice.

The struggle that Rev. Reeb and so many others began in their lifetimes can be realized in our own if we, like they, act together for justice.


Please join us in this struggle.


The Rev. Robert M. Hardies ___________________________________________________________________________________

The Rev. Robert M. Hardies is senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, a diverse, historic congregation of over 1000 souls located in our nation’s capital.

3 Responses to “Why the march is personal for us”

  1. [...] to attending and called on other UUs, particularly clergy, to attend.  Other lay and clergy leaders, including seminarians, have voiced their support and intention to travel to North Carolina.  We [...]

  2. [...] You can also go to the UUA web pages for additional information and resources.  Click here. [...]

  3. [...] upon to stand on the side of love in protest of voter discrimination measures in North Carolina. Fellow U.U.’s will gather on Feb. 8 in a Mass Moral March to the North Carolina State [...]

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