Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
by Charles W. Eagles
The Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism invited all parishes to participate in reading Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles Eagles (1991| University of Alabama Press) during the 2015 Epiphany season. The reading and discussion of this book is a part of the effort to prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jonathan Daniel's death and the annual Pilgrimage to Hayneville, Alabama, next Aug. 15, according to Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., chair of the Beloved Community: Commission on Dismantling Racism. In addition to the book, the documentary Here Am I, Send Me chronicling Daniel's life will help to increase awareness of this modern-day saint.
“This period prior to the pilgrimage is designed to help us better understand Daniel's life and work,” said Meeks. “It can inform our response to the call made to each of us as we seek to live a faithful life.”
The diocesan commission also asks that all parishes consider a Lenten study on the following films: Here Am I Send Me, Traces of the Trade, Repairing the Breach, White Privilege 101 and Banished. Some of these films are accompanied by study resources. For the ones that are not, the commission will offer a short set of study questions and aids to help facilitate
These films are easy to obtain online, but the commission also can offer assistance.