SELMA, Ala. — The young black girl, sweat beading across her squinting face, inches her head out the back window of a rusted turquoise Buick, looking at them as if they had said the broad blue sky was red.
More than 50 church leaders from Chicago and the suburbs, hand in hand, two by two, white and black, are singing.
“Ain’t nobody gonna turn me around. Ain’t nobody gonna turn me around,” they bellow as the afternoon sun stings their skin. “Gonna keep on walkin’. Gonna keep on walkin’ to freedom.”
On Thursday’s march...Hybels and Meeks walked comfortably together on the historic Pettus bridge. The church members followed, wearing dark blue polo shirts heavy with sweat and boasting patches that read “Justice Journey,” the tour’s official title.
Hybels said the march and the tour are just the surface of a reform in his church and a shift in direction toward concentrating on social justice issues and working in the inner city.