Today we finally were able to meet someone. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graetz were in the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, AL. The Graetz’s were white pastors of a predominately black church in Montgomery, AL during the Bus Boycott. These individuals were very courageous because many whites hated other white people who supported blacks more than they hated black people. White racists felt that white supporters had betrayed their own race by helping blacks in the fight for desegregation. Norrie and I were able to talk to them for a few minutes as they waited for a group of Samford College students to arrive at the museum. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring them to campus to share some of their stories in Chapel. He has one book out currently called “A White Preacher’s Memoir” and another book soon to be published called “A White Preacher’s Message: Race and Reconciliation.” I have his first book and look forward to the publishing of the second one.
Tonight we sleep in Atlanta, GA where the King Center is located. We ate dinner at the Marietta Diner and I do not suggest going to; it smelled like a diner.
About the post from the night before… I made contact with the Southern Poverty Law Center to find more information about the death of Jessie Brown. It was powerful to see someone with the same name on a wall of martyrs for civil rights. Imagine seeing your name on a gravestone but even more throught-provoking.