California youth group visited selma last weekend

Published 4:34 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A youth group from California visited Selma last week.

Members of the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center in Oakland, California dropped by the Queen City last week to explore the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.

David Gaines, Anka Bolovsukh, Uvsa Kaiser, Kameron Kendall, Fanaun Sherif, Amaya Proctor, Fynn Manonchompoo, Byron Evans and Dr. Karen Bohlke were all part of the group.

The Group taught a leadership poetry workshop at a LAMP program in Selma, visited the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation, YMCA of Selma-Dallas County, Historic Brown Chapel AME Church,  and crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The group also visited with U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-AL.

Evans, a staff of MLK Freedom Center, said Selma doesn’t get enough credit for being a big part of the Civil Rights Movement.

“One of the areas we’ve been sleeping on in the movement is Selma,” Evans said.

Bohlke, Director of Government and External Affairs at the MLK Jr. Freedom Center, said being culturally engaged to racial injustice that took place during the Civil Rights movement that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Bloody Sunday.

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