Local civil rights stories

Local civil rights stories


Rockford Urban Ministries will host a program called “Which Side Were You On?” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest, Rockford. The church is at the corner of Highcrest and Alpine.

The program will be a panel discussion of local civil rights struggles from a personal view, featuring local people. Share in the transformation of individuals’ lives as seen through those who lived it. Also, items and memorabilia from the period will be on display.

Panelists include: Rev. John Alan Boryk, who went to a Dr. Martin Luther King rally to confront the civil rights leader but instead had a change of heart; the Rev. Tom Hardwick, who went to Selma, Ala., to march in 1965; and Henrietta Dotson Williams, who, as a Winnebago County Board member, campaigned for the observance of the King holiday. People are invited to bring memorabilia from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that reflect the civil rights struggles, as well as stories that reflect the struggle (please call the RUM office—964-7111).

The program is sponsored by Rockford Urban Ministries and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Child care is available by calling the RUM office by the Monday before the program. Also, if you have any stories that you would like to share, please call the office by the Monday before the program. Information: 964-7111.

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