Reconciliation Ain’t No Joke

Today is April Fool’s Day, but there’s nothing funny about this post. I usually schedule my posts to publish at 8 a.m. (central time); so as you are reading this, I am probably passing through the Alabama Welcome Center off of I-65 that features a rocket. I and about 45 others are on a coach bus, in the early part of what is called the Sankofa Journey.

The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) describes Sankofa as “an intentional, cross-racial prayer journey that seeks to assist disciples of Christ on their move toward a righteous response to the social ills related to racism. This interactive experience explores historic sites of importance in the Civil Rights movement and sites of oppression and inequality for people of color, while seeking to move participants toward healing the wounds and racial divide caused by hundreds of years of racial injustice in the United States.”

Whether or not you’re affiliated with the ECC, I strongly encourage you to consider participating in a Sankofa Journey. They usually happen twice a year; the next one will be July 14th-17th. If you have questions about the journey, I’d be happy to answer them or point you to the team responsible for planning Sankofas. In the meantime, here are a few photos I’ve taken during previous Sankofas.

Historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama Memorial outside of the 16th Street Baptist Church “The Wales Window” inside the 16th Street Baptist Church. An artist from Wales donated this window. Looking into Selma from Montgomery from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.