COMMUNITY READING OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S SELMA SPEECH
"We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man."
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society held a Community Reading of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Selma to Montgomery Speech on Wednesday, March 25 at Temple Beth-El. Twenty-three Rhode Islanders brought their voices and passion to the stirring re-enactment. The event concluded with the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," words Dr. King used at the end of his speech and written by Rhode Island's very own Julia ward Howe, led by Rose Weaver. Among the readers were Rev. Sammy Vaughn, Dr. Joyce Stevos, Ray Rickman, RI Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Rabbi Gutterman, Mildred Nichols and students from Classical High and TAPA. Mayor Elorza attended.
See G. Timothy Cranston's new book, We Were Here Too: Selected Stories of Black History in North Kingstown
Visit the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society's current exhibit: Chapter & Verse: Books By and About Rhode Island African Americans at the John Brown House. Click photo above for hours.
There are countless exciting and often forgotten stories of Black Rhode Islanders. Support the RIBHS with the purchase of various historical books which we've partnered with authors to offer at a discounted rate
Join the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society for our annual celebration.
Saturday's "Getting Merry Like Christmas" was a Sellout!
And a new holiday tradition was established for the Society!
7 people won door prizes, including a night at the elegant Renaissance Providence Hotel.