SPECIAL EVENTS

 

SUPER SPECIAL EVENT!

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Monday, October 9, 12:30-1:30 pm -- Brown Chapel AME Church, 410 Martin Luther King St, Selma, AL

Gil and Marilyn will speak at LOVE BUILDS BRIDGES, a day in Selma with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir during their Lavender Pen Tour of Southern states. Besides words from Gil and Marilyn, the Brown Chapel program will include music by the choirs, oral history, mayoral address, and a special blessing.

At 2:45 pm the speakers, singers and dignitaries will reenact the Selma to Montgomery March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

To the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, I awakened this morning thinking about being with you in Selma. My thoughts: I would like a lavender tie to wear with my black shirt as I cross the bridge with you. It is my way of symbolizing that black justice and gay justice are intertwined, but "We have miles to go before we sleep,” wrote Robert Frost. (The struggle is not over.) Marilyn and I are looking forward to being with you and the Chorus. Thanks for having persons push me in a wheel chair. I can walk part of the way. But... I was in Selma for what is known as "Turnaround Tuesday". We crossed the bridge and then returned to Selma. The plans for our security had not been completed. I will be bringing with me these thoughts and emotions: 1. The spirits of James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin and Audre Lourde will be with us; Black Gay persons whose justice commitments linked black justice with gay justice. 2. The spirit of Rev. James Reeb will also be with me. He is representative of the white persons who have been killed as they protested with blacks for justice. As will the spirits of Goodman and Schwerner who with Chaney were killed during Mississippi Freedom Summer. I was there. And also the spirit of the white woman killed in Charlottesville will be with us. I will never forget participating in Jim Reeb's Memorial Service at Arlington Street Unitarian Church in Boston. 3. This time in Selma I will remember the Transgender persons who have been killed and brutalized, many of them persons of color, because of transphobia. 4. The hate that is directed at immigrants from Mexico, at LGBTQI persons and black persons has been uncovered for all to see in this of time of unveiled bias, bigotry and hatred. Once covered up, now emanating from the White House. 5. The words of Martin Luther King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," have never been more relevant. Rev. Gil Caldwell Asbury Park, NJ "From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?"

To the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus,

I awakened this morning thinking about being with you in Selma. My thoughts:

I would like a lavender tie to wear with my black shirt as I cross the bridge with you. It is my way of symbolizing that black justice and gay justice are intertwined, but "We have miles to go before we sleep,” wrote Robert Frost. (The struggle is not over.) Marilyn and I are looking forward to being with you and the Chorus. Thanks for having persons push me in a wheel chair. I can walk part of the way. But...

I was in Selma for what is known as "Turnaround Tuesday". We crossed the bridge and then returned to Selma. The plans for our security had not been completed. I will be bringing with me these thoughts and emotions:

1. The spirits of James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin and Audre Lourde will be with us; Black Gay persons whose justice commitments linked black justice with gay justice.

2. The spirit of Rev. James Reeb will also be with me. He is representative of the white persons who have been killed as they protested with blacks for justice. As will the spirits of Goodman and Schwerner who with Chaney were killed during Mississippi Freedom Summer. I was there. And also the spirit of the white woman killed in Charlottesville will be with us. I will never forget participating in Jim Reeb's Memorial Service at Arlington Street Unitarian Church in Boston.

3. This time in Selma I will remember the Transgender persons who have been killed and brutalized, many of them persons of color, because of transphobia.

4. The hate that is directed at immigrants from Mexico, at LGBTQI persons and black persons has been uncovered for all to see in this of time of unveiled bias, bigotry and hatred. Once covered up, now emanating from the White House.

5. The words of Martin Luther King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," have never been more relevant.

Rev. Gil Caldwell
Asbury Park, NJ
"From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?"