The second-annual Person2Person took place over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Twenty-one participants pilgrimaged around Montgomery, visiting the Civil Rights Memorial, the Freedom Rides Museum, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and the Dexter Parsonage Museum, former home of Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. They had conversations about racial stereotypes, education inequality, and criminal justice reform—tough topics to say the least. They were brave, vulnerable, and eager to learn.
On Monday morning, we asked participants to answer a few questions about their experience. Their answers tell the story of Person2Person 2018.
What will you remember about Person2Person a year from now?
- I will remember that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
- I will remember being in Dr. King’s house. That experience held more feelings and more revelation and more holiness than just about anything else I’ve done in my life.
When someone asks you what you did this weekend, what will you say?
- I will tell them I became a part of something great, something that will change somebody’s life.
- I was able to spend time with some amazing people and have open conversations on how to mend a broken world and to ask questions about racial inequality and privilege.
Do you feel inspired to DO anything after Person2Person?
- I feel inspired to talk to people about racism.
- I feel that I should make a big effort to make sure that I treat everyone as equal.
- I feel inspired to talk about problems back home most people aren’t as comfortable talking about.
- I feel inspired to LOVE people. All people. I want to stop the racist and discriminatory things I hear in the hallway at school. I want to inform people and spread love.
God of all humanity, You call us to bring about healing and wholeness for the whole world–for women and men of all races and cultures and creeds. Help us to respond to a world that is groaning under the weight of injustice and broken relationships. Remind us that differences are a gift and interdependence a strength from the same creative God. Strengthen us to resist the forces that encourage polarization and competition rather than understanding and cooperation. We know that your reign is not built on injustice and oppression, but on the transformation of hearts–new life, not just reordered life. Teach us forgiveness, O God. Bring us reconciliation. Give us hope for the future. We pray in Jesus’ love. Amen.
-Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook
Thank you to everyone who made Person2Person possible!
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Montgomery
Grace Episcopal Church, Mt. Meigs
First United Methodist Church
Chris’ Hot Dogs
Civil Rights Memorial Center
Dexter Parsonage Museum
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
Freedom Rides Museum