Our opinion: We’re proud of the Selma Links

Published 7:39 am Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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The Selma Links held its 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast on Monday at Selma University.

We knew it was a different MLK holiday in Selma because everyone’s still recovering from the tornado that hit the city last Thursday.

We admire the Links’ organization for pushing forward with the event and focusing on the tornado devastation in the program. 

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The Links also partnered with the American Red Cross and Gospel Tabernacle’s the Gathering Place and delivered 350 hot meals at hotels and neighborhoods across the city.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr., Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn and Rep. Terri Sewell all were part of the program, reassuring Selma residents that better days are ahead for the Queen City. We needed to hear those words from our leaders.

We were glad to see former Governor Don Siegelman speak and encourage Selma residents to stand up for their voting rights. We enjoyed hearing the story of how the friendship began between Siegelman and Perkins.

Since 1995, the Links have served citizens of Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Marengo, Perry, and Wilcox counties.

We applaud the Selma Links members, an impressive roll call that includes Evelyn Evans, Dr. Patricia Robinson, Shelly McGee, Monica Gayle, Danielle Wooten, Juanda Maxwell, Ronita Wade, Abina Billups, Pinkie Platt and Margaret Jones, for their hard work.