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Interfaith Group Celebrating Public Justice Works of "Sisters of Selma"

Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala., an interfaith group is celebrating the works of the "Sisters of Selma" in Minneapolis. (iStockphoto)
Ahead of the 51st anniversary of the voting rights marches in Selma, Ala., an interfaith group is celebrating the works of the "Sisters of Selma" in Minneapolis. (iStockphoto)
January 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Now that we're in the final weeks of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights marches in Selma, Alabama, a group of Minnesota interfaith leaders is celebrating the public justice works of a Midwest nun who was there.

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is hosting a viewing of the "Sisters of Selma" documentary tonight at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. Jennifer Nelson, statewide organizer with the coalition, says the idea is to get people of Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths involved with civic engagement.

"Viewing this film and seeing "Sisters of Selma" and seeing this way in which people responded to this call very publicly and saw that as kind of just a natural growth of their faith gives a really great way to inform us nowadays," says Nelson.

Sister Barbara Moore, who is featured in the documentary for her part in the marches, will be at tonight's screening. After the film, the group will hold a panel discussion.

Sister Moore's expected to share stories about her experience at Selma in 1965 while marching to support voting rights for African Americans. Nelson says that went on to inform the rest of Moore's life's work, including her advocacy for health care reforms for the poor.

"We see that in the scriptures there's a deep call to working for justice," she says. "That we are working towards more equity and really providing for people in need."

Sister Moore was also a founding member of the National Black Sisters' Conference. Currently, she holds a leadership position with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - MN