PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) is a coalition of churches working for equity and social justice across the state. Every May PIIN celebrates its achievements and work with an annual banquet. This year the keynote speaker is Diane Nash who was one of the unsung “Foot Soldiers” of the 1965 Selma March. She is a true Civil Rights leader and her story is worth hearing.
In 1959 at the age of 19, Nash was a student activist in Nashville,Tennessee. She was elected the first Chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She married activist James Bevel in 1961 and they moved to Jackson, Mississippi. There they began organizing voter registration and school desegregation campaigns. Nash and her husband received the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) Rosa Parks award in 1965. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cited the couple for their contributions to the Selma Right-to-Vote movement. Their leadership eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
First Unitarian Church is a founding member of PIIN with church members actively involved in two of its task forces: Education and Public Safety. Every year First Unitarian supports PIIN’s efforts by purchasing a table and seating for 10.This year we would like to sponsor 10 of our teens and young adults so they can learn firsthand about the Civil Rights Movement from one of the movements “Foot Soldiers”. Please consider attending the banquet or contributing towards seating for one of our youth. Over the next several weeks, you will be able to visit the PIIN table during coffee hour and speak with Sandy Woolley, John Ballance and Kathy Miller about their involvement with PIIN. There you will be able to reserve your ticket. Tickets are $75 each. Tickets are on sale now on the PIIN website [piin.org].