Courage in the Struggle for Justice and Peace
Knowing Our Past -- Creating Our Future

A Panel Discussion

Moderators: Ashley Gooden and Elise Morris

First Church presented a panel discussion on Sunday, February 26, 2020

Atty. J. Mason Davis told us about the early days of the church and some of the members who played a role in the struggle for racial equality after World War II.

Mrs. Ruth Barefield-Pendleton talked with us about her role in the selective buying campaign and as secretary for the Central Committee of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.

Ms. Barbara Shores reflected on her experiences as the daughter of one of the most famous attorneys of the Civil Rights era -- Arthur D. Shores -- during the time when their home was bombed. 

Judge Houston Brown gave us a sense of what it was like growing up in the neighborhood surrounding the church, which became known as Dynamite Hill.

Mr. Jefferson Drew told us what it was like at home where his parents hosted their friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Jesse Lewis, Sr. reflected on the Civil Rights era as owner and publisher of the Birmingham Times --Birmingham's premier Black Newspaper. 


Judge Houston Brown
Ruth Barefield-Pendleton
J. Mason Davis, Sr.
Barbara Shores
Jefferson Drew
Dr. Jesse Lewis, Sr.