I had the privilege of attending a historic and very moving event this past weekend: TheCall Alabama. Held in Montgomery, Alabama, TheCall drew over 10,000 people for a 12-hour worship, prayer, and fasting event.
TheCall is led by a visionary named Lou Engle. His calling is to heal the bitterness of the American Indian, eradicate abortion, and mend racial division in America. TheCall Dallas dealt with the first. TheCall Nashville focused on the second. And TheCall Alabama was aimed at the racism.
In the above photo, a descendant of Martin Luther King speaks to the crowd while Bishop Harry Jackson looks on (left of speaker). At the far left is Mayor Bobby Bright and his wife, also a strong Christian couple.
Three aspects of this event made it both historic and moving and something I am both proud to have been a part of and will never forget.
1.) Sen. Sam Brownback is spear-heading a bipartisan effort to introduce a resolution in the Senate that offers a federal apology for slavery and subsequent segregation laws.
2.) Bishop Jackson, MLK’s descendant, and other black leaders accepted the apology and issued a call to black Americans to stop harboring bitterness towards whites.
3.) Bishop Harry Jackson pointed out that much injustice towards blacks went unpunished and needs to be dealt with. For example, he cited the case of Jimmie Lee Jackson, was a young civil rights protestor who was murdered by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965. That state trooper, James Bonard Fowler, got lucky – a grand jury declined to indict Fowler in 1965. These events were the catalyst for the first Bloody Sunday March a few days later on March 7, 1965, from Selma to Montgomery, AL. But in May 2007, James Bonard Fowler was charged with first and second degree murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. He surrendered to authorities and his trial is set for May or June 2008. Now, that’s justice. And we need more of it.
Though this event was focused on racism, women who had abortions still had an outlet to help them deal with their pain. The banner reads, “Abortion is murder.”
This photo displays a collection of baby shoes with notes place there by woman who have had abortions, realized they murdered their baby, and have asked God for forgiveness. The shoes serve as a memorial to the child’s life and a grim reminder for onlookers that abortion is murder.
Montgomery, Alabama is best known for its roots in civil rights and segregation. But after TheCall Alabama, I think many would agree that Montgomery is changing its renown to a leader in breaking down racial strongholds. Of course, it’s unrealistic to expect an overnight turnaround, but I do look for small indicators, especially over the next 5 – 10 years to begin moving in a more positive direction.