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More than Allies: Justice, Faith, and a Place for All in the Struggle for Freedom

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(Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, headed by Julian Bond, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation)

A webinar with freedom fighter Bob Zellner and the Rev. Tex Sample.

How are we called to participate in God’s freedom work in the world? Pastors and laity sometimes wrestle with how ordinary people of faith can help create equity in a culture that privileges some and suppresses others based on race, gender, class, and other intersecting differences.

Join the Rev. Tex Sample for a live webinar featuring Civil Rights leader Bob Zellner. The son and grandson of Methodist pastors from L.A. (lower Alabama), Zellner is the subject of the new Barry Alexander Brown film, Son of the South, and author of the book, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement (foreword by Julian Bond).

When we think about freedom fighters in the early 1960s, we often picture wise elders and seasoned pastors. But many of the most significant players in this struggle were young people with little leadership experience. Bob Zellner’s story as a layperson attending the Methodist school, Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, reminds us that the experiences of young freedom fighters nurtured in the church can help all of us rediscover how discipleship and social action align for a faithful commitment to the common good and a more just society.

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