Selma Pilgrimages

Selma-to-Montgomery Marches/tiles/non-collection/o/oh_evnt_cr_selma_highway_lc.xml Image courtesy of the Library of Congress On March 22, 1965, civil rights marchers walk along the two-lane U.S. Highway 80.
“But, this is appropriately a pilgrimage because it’s to ground made holy by the souls, and spirits, and sacrifices of the people who made the history. So, you take a pilgrimage to a place that’s spiritually profound, and life-impacting, perhaps life-changing. And it was that from the start. We called it that, and by golly, it was, it really was.”
–Reverend Doug Tanner, May 15, 2013
 Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics
 Institute

 

Audio

Organizing the First Pilgrimage

Reverend Tanner explains the origins of the annual trip to Selma.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Not a Delegation

The difference between the congressional pilgrimage to Selma and a congressional delegation.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Impact of the Pilgrimage on Members of Congress

How the congressional pilgrimage to Selma affects those who participate.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

A Highlight from the 2013 Pilgrimage

Reverend Tanner describes an encounter between Representative John Lewis of Georgia and the chief of the Montgomery Police Department.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

A Gift to the Nation

The significance of Representative John Lewis of Georgia to the movement, the country, and the Congress.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Transcending Partisan Identities

How the congressional pilgrimage to Selma brings Members together for a bipartisan experience.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Walking Across the Bridge, Together

Why it is important for everyone to claim the history of the movement and of Selma.

Reverend Doug Tanner, Founder and Chief Advisor, Faith & Politics Institute
Interview recorded May 15, 2013 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)