Walk In Love: Faithful People Pursuing Racial Reconciliation

All are welcome to join with the Anti Racism Task Force, St. Augustine’s, St. Anselm’s and a number of interfaith friends commemorate the silent march that took place on April 19th, 1960 after the bombing of Civil Rights Lawyer Z Alexander Looby’s home, next door to St. Anselm’s. This event led to a meeting of Diane Nash and Mayor Ben West on that day at the courthouse which then led to the integration of Nashville businesses. Mr. Looby was a member of Holy Trinity and gave the land to the diocese to build the chapel of St. Anselm’s for the students of the historic black colleges and universities.

We’ll march 2 miles to the courthouse (Public Square) along Jefferson Street and the Bicentennial mall. Feel free to join us for either part of the event or drive yourself. We realize not everyone is able to easily walk the two miles. Kwame Lillard who was present for the original walk will orient us at the beginning. We’ll start in St. Anselm’s front yard with Kwame’s reviewing of what happened that day and short remarks and/or prayers by representatives of the different groups, and commence the walk, and end with prayers at the courthouse.

We are encouraging folks to plan to leave a vehicle at the Public Square garage and carpool back or use Uber.

Why come? To experience the civil rights history of Nashville, to honor those who took risks to move our city toward greater respect of the dignity of all persons, and to pray with other people of faith for the grace to live together in justice and peace. For more information contact Mary Murphy at St. Augustine’s Chapel or The Rev. Cynthia Seifert at St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church. More can be also found about this event here.

Sponsored by The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, St. Augustine’s Chapel, St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church and Interfaith Friends.