Actor visits Selma

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 8, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Actor and children’s book author Tommy Ford stopped in Selma yesterday with several members of his family while on a tour of historic civil rights spots across the south.

The California based actor who played &8220;Tommy&8221; on the hit &8216;90’s sitcom &8220;Martin&8221; said the trip was a learning experience.

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Ford, who performed living history plays at a civil rights museum in L.A., said he was already knowledgeable about the civil rights movement but coming to the South and seeing things first hand gave him a new perspective.

Ford, who comes from a large family, said the trip is an opportunity to share lessons with the kids, including T.J.

There were other lessons as well.

After seeing a picture of a white person who had been beaten along with blacks, T.J. asked about it.

Ford, who said he had tears roll during a video presentation of first-hand accounts, said the trip has been special.