Dear Community Members,
Thank you for attending our first coalition of the Montgomery Community Remembrance Project. We are excited to start this conversation about the history of racial terrorism and begin a process of truth and reconciliation in Montgomery county.
As a recap of the meeting we discussed:
● History: Montgomery County has a real and complex history of racial terror and lynchings which must be acknowledged. In 2013, the Equal Justice Initiative published Slavery in America: The Montgomery Slave Trade which we encourage all coalition participants to read.
● Purpose: The Montgomery Community Remembrance Project was formed in an effort to unite advocates, racial justice organizations, faith-based groups, Greek-letter organizations, local and county government, the business community, neighborhood associations, schools and universities (both public and private), and other community stakeholders. We will begin honest dialogue and public education about both our history and its connection to the inequities and injustices that still exist and must be addressed today.
● The Future: we have established three committees -- governance, communications, and events/programs, research -- which will begin to map out a guiding set of principles, plan future meetings/conversations/soil collections, etc., and document the work of this coalition. In case you missed the chance to sign up, you can still join a committee here. Additionally, we will soon begin accepting nominations for the advisory council.
Each committee will receive an email about scheduling a time to meet as a committee. If you are not yet signed up or want to participate in more than one committee, we will share the date and time of each meeting on our website www.mgmremembers.org, through an e-mail and on our Facebook page.
This is just the beginning of what will be an extensive but worthwhile process. Since EJI’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened just over a year ago, more than 400,000 visitors have come to Montgomery. But our work is not finished and we have a responsibility to show the world that we are committed to continuing the work to build a more equitable and inclusive Montgomery for all.
Dillon Nettles and Phillip Ensler