Background : The Montgomery Trip
In August 2018, a group of nine people took a church-sponsored trip to the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. It was a powerful experience, and it motivated the group to invite other Weakley County community members to meet and discuss issues of race, justice, and reconciliation. This compelled the group to continue meeting to process and learn from what they had seen. When they learned of other Weakley County residents who had undertaken the same journey to Montgomery, the group initiated public meetings to share what they had learned. What has evolved is a committed group of citizens continuing the conversations and bringing events to the community that illuminate truth and fosters reconciliation. Those meetings that began at the Martin public library have grown into a larger group and a thriving community organization: the WCRP.
This group of nine people continued to reflect on their experience in Montogomery after returning to Martin and eventually decided to hold a public meeting. The above video and the PowerPoint linked below were shown at that first meeting.