“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.”
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Choice #1 – Write a blog post explaining what Rabbi Heschel meant when he said this. Why would a Rabbi have participated in the march in Selma? Why was this so important to him? If it were NOW would you march?
On March 21, 1965 there was a march lead by Martin Luther King Jr. This was 3 years before his death. The walk was from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The march was about racism against blacks which was a big deal back in the 1960s. The march took exactly five days 54 miles to get there. It was a big protest and a lot of people participated in that big event.
I think in my opinion what Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel comment means is that he was taking a stand for what was wrong. He believed what he was doing was right and thats why he felt his legs praying. I think a Rabbi participated in Selma is because they know how it feels to have everyone being racist about them and they don’t want anyone else to feel that same pain and suffering feeling and thats why I think Rabbis participated in Selma. Its so important because no one should feel the hatred of people being racist about them. Its very wrong. Yes I would have marched in Selma if it was today because I believe everyone has rights whether you are boy, girl, white, black, Indian, Muslim, Jewish, Homosexual, or Lesbian. I believe everyone has the same equal rights.