So much for slowing down. Sunday began with our participation in a worship service with the congregation at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery. The day ended with a 2-hour interview of a Civil Rights Veteran, Annette Jones White in suburban Atlanta. Yes, there was a 3-hour drive in between. Then, after the interview ended at 9:15, we had a drive of an hour and three-quarters to our overnight accommodations with family in Rome, GA. Whew!
When we visited the Dexter Avenue church for a tour on Wednesday, our tour guide invited us to worship with them any time. Well, we took her up on the invitation. It was quite a moving experience worshipping with the very congregation that MLK pastored from 1954 to 1959. Some of the current members were members then.
The interview in the evening made quite an impact on me, as I knew it would. I will have to devote some future blog posts to the specific content of the interview, because it provided me with so much material. I recorded it and signed an agreement with Ms Jones White promising her that I would share with her any of what I write from the interview prior to publishing it to give her the opportunity to comment on my interpretation.
Suffice it to say, her stories gave me a much deeper and more profound understanding of what it was like for an African-American child growing up in the South in the 1940’s and 1950’s. You can read about Annette Jones White here.