SPECIAL EVENTS

 

OCTOBER 2017 EVENTS FOR

"FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL: ARE WE THERE YET?"

SELMA, ALABAMA

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Marilyn and Gil returned to Selma to be honored by the amazing San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir during their stop in Selma during their Lavender Pen Tour of Southern states.

The tour first stopped at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church where they raised the roof with their powerful singing. The sanctuary vibrated with love and light.

We then marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of Bloody Sunday during the first attempt at the Selma to Montgomery March and where Gil marched on the following Tuesday.

 

NORTH CAROLINA FILM TOUR

 

RECKONING WITH OUR PAST, SHAPING OUR FUTURE:

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"We will not become who we might be, until we remember who we were."

 - The Rev. Gil Caldwll

The Divinity School at Duke University to acknowledge their history of segregation and Gil’s personal history of being denied entrance to the school.

Wednesday, October 18th, 11:25 am   Worship and Conversation at The Divinity School at Duke University

On October 18th the Divinity School at Duke University leadership will formally acknowledge the practiced segregation of the Divinity School when it would not allow Blacks to enroll in the school. In the 1950's Gil was one of those individuals whose enrollment was denied because of the color of his skin. He received a letter from the Duke Trustees informing him that they had not changed their segregation policies. They wrote, "We hope you will find a Seminary to meet your needs." He went on to attend Boston University.

We expect that the chapel service, at which Gil will be preaching, will be a moving time of formal acknowledgement of the demeaning and repulsive practice of segregation. The service will be followed by a community conversation about issues of race and diversity on today’s campus.

 

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?"