Our opinion: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church filled with rich Civil Rights history

Published 8:20 am Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church represents a big part of the Civil Rights History in Selma.

EMBC celebrated its 100th year Centennial Celebration last weekend with a two-day event.

Rev. Frederick D. Reese, EMBC pastor from 1965 to 2015, help laid the groundwork that eventually led to Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Reese was President of the Dallas County Voters League when the DCVL invited the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. to Selma to amplify the city’s local voting rights campaign.

We are grateful for Reese’s contribution to the Civil Rights  movement, which U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell always discusses during her speeches in Selma.

We applaud the EMBC for its part in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. 

Each year EMBC hosts the Courageous Free Thinkers Celebration- which honors the Courageous 8 and unsung heroes of the voting rights movement.

These yearly events are hosted by EMBC and the Friends to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Reese’s successor, Pastor and Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr.,  has carried the torch and the church’s legacy.

Happy anniversary, EMBC.  We look forward to more  great things.