Advocates for Racial Justice

The June travelers to Montgomery, Alabama have formed a new group to promote the work of racial justice in our community and nation. We are calling the group Advocates for Racial Justice.

The mission statement of our group is:

Responding to our call as Christians to see the image of God in all people, and to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, we pledge to each other and the Union Church congregation to be faithful Advocates for Racial Justice. We will engage our congregation and the larger community in continuing study and conversation about ideology of white supremacy at its root. We want to unmask and oppose the racism that divides the people of God from one another, unfairly empowering some and not others, in our personal relationships, community, state, and nation.

Martin Luther King, Jr., said that “true peace” is “the presence of justice.” Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative says, “We must acknowledge the truth about our history before we can heal.” This is our main purpose: to seek, understand, and proclaim the truth about our history-specifically, about slavery and white supremacy-so that we can be properly reconciled to one another and prepare the way for true peace, which is the presence of justice.

Advocates for Racial Justice is open to anyone who would like to join us in our work and be on the committee. Please contact Brita Gill-Austern ([email protected]), if you are interested.   


A Daughter’s Moving Story of her Father’s Lynching

Josephine Bolling McCall’s father, Elmore Bolling, was lynched just outside Montgomery, Alabama in 1947 when McCall was 5 years old. “He had a store on Highway 80, he had a farm employing as many as 40 people, and he had a trucking business,” says McCall. White officials in Lowndes County, Alabama claimed Elmore Bolling insulted a white woman and that was why
he was murdered. But McCall’s 10 years of research uncovered the truth– her father’s success as a black business owner in the harsh Jim Crow era made him a target. “My father was actually killed because he was too prosperous as a Negro,” she says.  To learn more go click through this link — Josephine Bolling McCall.

If you are interested in participating in the evening, please RSVP to Pastor Stacy.