Feast of Civil Rights Martyrs and Activists (January 14)   Leave a comment


Above:  Forty-Fifth Anniversary of the Civil Rights March from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, 2010

Photographer = Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-highsm-05939


Civil rights (which extend beyond race, ethnicity, and gender) are basic, inalienable human rights.  Throughout human history and within living historical memory some people have denied these rights to others due to prejudice, the desire for power and privilege, and blindness to evil.  Others–the heroes–have pushed back and demanded civil rights for themselves and others.  These efforts have been risky–sometimes to the point of death, for certain human beings have felt to strongly about the status quo that they committed murder.

And the struggle continues in various places.  May it end only in the full extension of civil rights.



Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image.  Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make peace with oppression.  Help us, like your servants who have risked and/or given their lives in the struggle for civil rights, to work for justice among people and nations, to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36


Revised on November 16, 2016



Posted December 3, 2009 by neatnik2009 in January

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