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GivingBack Meets Amelia Boynton

 Sunday, March 08, 2009

Blood Sunday Amelia Boynton Selma, AL - - On March 8, our Leadership SOAR State Officers attended the annual ‘Bloody Sunday’ Jubilee in Selma, AL. While attending the Jubilee GivingBack’s Founder & Executive Director, Cathy L. Bailey, met up with Amelia Boynton, best known as the woman at the front of the march who was gassed, beaten, and left for dead on Edmund Pettus Bridge, during the “Bloody Sunday” march on March 7, 1965 to Montgomery, AL, which quickly led to the mushrooming of the civil rights movement into an international mass movement. Leadership SOAR Ambassadors participated in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Alongside them in crossing the bridge were many of today’s leaders, such as. Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and United States Attorney General Eric Holder.

More than a 1,000 people came out to recreate the crossing of the bridge. Bloody Sunday is one of the most horrific events in Civil Rights history. It was a day when nearly 600 people gathered in Selma to make the 54 mile march to the Alabama state capital, Montgomery. The activist were protesting for equal voting rights and memorializing the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was killed three weeks prior to the march for protecting his mother. Upon marching the activist were blocked by state troopers on the other side of the bridge, where they were told to disperse. They were then attacked and brutally beaten by the state troopers. The day became forever know as ‘Bloody Sunday’ a day that will remain in the minds of those who survived the attack.

Election Watch Night 2008 Ebenezer Baptist Church

 Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Atlanta, GA - - Ebenezer Baptist Church held an Election Watch night, Tuesday, November 4, 2008 for our newly elected President Barack Obama. The program began at 7:00pm and went well into the night. Our very own Mrs. Cathy L. Bailey and Janae’ Jones (pictured above) attend the ceremony where they met Dexter King, the son of Historical Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Other nationally known leaders attended the program including Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, Congressman John Lewis, and Andrew Young. The senior pastor of Ebenezer, Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, is quoted saying, “This ‘Watch Night’ service is reminiscent of the moment in history when slaves watched for the stroke of midnight for the Emancipation Proclamation that gave way to their freedom…..

November 4th will be another game changer no matter who wins the election because it will usher in another historic achievement for our nation.” The intensity of the crowd was overwhelming. As it aired on stations like CNN and Fox News, you could feel the emotion that everyone felt when President Barack Obama was projected to have beaten Senator John McCain. Many Americans feel Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Dream’ had finally become reality. ‘It has been a long time coming’ a change is going to come to America as we made history November 4, 2008 with the first African- American President. YES WE CAN and YES WE DID.