Selma, Meridian

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Class 22 speaks with Ronnie Lee and Hanna Berger at Temple Mishkan Israel. They are two of the seven remaining Jews in Selma, and are working to preserve the synagogue and the story of Selma’s once-thriving Jewish community.

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Stephen Smitherman, whose father was the mayor of Selma in 1965, shares his perspective on the legacy of race relations in Selma.

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Roscoe Jones, a student organizer from Meridian, was supposed to be the fourth person in the car with Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman. He spoke to Class 22 about the often untold history of high school students in the movement.

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Class 22 visited the Jackson home, the Selma Campaign headquarters where Dr. King, Rabbi Heschel, and other movement leaders stayed to plot movement strategy.

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“The rock in your hand is where John Lewis stood on his way to march. The blood of history-makers runs through your veins.” Selma march participant Joanne Bland takes Class 22 through the footsteps of history.

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Attorney Bill Ready and his son, George Ready, shares the dangers of living in Meridian as a Catholic civil rights lawyer during the 1960s.

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