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Mon May 13, 2019, 06:22 PM

Powerful piece from ProPublica: "I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides": 18 Voting Officials Take

“I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides”: 18 Voting Officials Take Civil Rights Tour

https://www.propublica.org/article/voting-officials-take-civil-rights-tour

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The exuberant greeter, who said her name was Wanda, hugged each of the secretaries of state as they walked through the doors of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. “Thank you for being here,” she said as each crossed into the small, orange-brick building.

It was, she said, “hallowed ground.” Martin Luther King Jr. had preached here for six years and organized the Montgomery bus boycott in the church’s basement. The church is only feet away from the Alabama State Capitol, on whose steps Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the confederacy. At the end of Dexter Avenue is the Court Square Fountain, once the site of a slave trade.

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