Judge Hardaway turns down request for injunction to stay the Black Warrior EMC By-law change vote

John Zippert,, May 3, 2017

After a three hour hearing on Friday, April 28, 2017, in the Linden Courthouse, Judge Hardaway dismissed a request by plaintiffs for an injunction to stay a mail-in election on new proposed bylaws.

Civil rights leaders discuss truth, reconciliation at Selma anniversary

Kelsey Davis , Montgomery Advertiser, March 4, 2017

Without acknowledging where a story of injustice was born, there can’t be healing and there can’t be progress. Civil rights leaders gathered in Selma on Saturday to talk about what that healing looks like

Homeless Survey
Alaina Denean Deshazo, Selma Times Journal, January 25, 2017

Selma - Several groups are coming together in Selma to create a homeless shelter....

Operation Restore Gives Gift of Hope and Encouragement in Selma

George McDonald,, Dec 22, 2016

From the West Alabama Newsroom – A Selma attorney gives clothes and toys to children all over town, but spreading Christmas joy isn’t the only reason why..

Planting seeds of nonviolence: Peace studies instructor works with students in Milwaukee

James Handley, UW-Stout News, October 19, 2016

Milwaukee - In mid-August after police fatally shot an armed black man, two nights of protests erupted in Milwaukee, drawing national attention to a city where racial tension already was high. Businesses and cars were burned, and as police cracked down on the protestors and made several arrests, four officers were injured

Recent attacks highlight importance of nonviolent approaches

Emilie Munson, Greenwich Times, Friday, July 22, 2016

GREENWICH — In what is shaping up to be one of the most violent months of the year in the United States, one Greenwich Academy administrator stood up for a new approach.

Long-time civil rights leader Bernard Lafayette Jr hosts non-violence training in Selma
Elizabeth Lauten, Alabama Today, July 13, 2016

As the nation debates gun control in the wake of the Dallas police shootings, a veteran of the civil rights movement is advocating another way to bring about societal change.

Selma: From Chaos to Creating the Beloved Community

Ainka Jackson, NCRP website/paper, June 1, 2016


The Voting and Civil Rights Movement was never just about getting the right to vote. It was about people recognizing the humanity in all of us and our laws reflecting that recognition. However, we failed to finish the work of bridging divides and building the Beloved Community. This is the work of the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation.



Selma: From Civil War to Civil Rights

Ainka Jackson, NCRP website/paper, May 24, 2016


Many in Alabama recently participated in the Reenactment of the Battle of Selma, where Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was defeated by Union troops on April 2, 1865. During the re-enactment, the Confederates are portrayed winning on the first day, and the next day is portrayed more historically accurate.


Anti-poverty movement draws Alabama activists
Alvin Benn, Montgomery Advertiser, April 15, 2016

SELMA — Activists from around the country spent Friday in Selma discussing poverty, homelessness and crime.

Center opens with focus on nonviolence
Justin Averette, Selma Times Journal, December 7, 2015

SELMA – A civil rights group with an eye on the future opened a “non-violence” training center Friday – one within sight of a structure where one of America’s most violent incidents occurred.

Anti-violence facility opens in Selma

Alvin Benn, Montgomery advertiser, Dec. 4, 2015

SELMA – A civil rights group with an eye on the future opened a “non-violence” training center Friday – one within sight of a structure where one of America’s most violent incidents occurred....

Many blacks are denied the American dream
By Jennifer Brooks, The Tennessean, Jan. 10, 2011

Ainka Sanders Jackson's little boy was just 4 years old when he decided that there was something wrong with being black.
"I don't want to be black. I want to be white," he told his horrified mother one morning. "Black is bad."

Homeless Shelter Coverage, WAKA Montgomery

Video Footage

Road to Selma
Sarah Bond-Yancey,, March 8, 2017

The following poem was written as the author reflected on receiving her level 1 trainer certification in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation. A Pagan, she nonetheless weeps for those whom Jesus weeps and actively seeks a day when justice will roll like a river (Amos 5:24). How do her compassion and action challenge our often safe and lazy faith? – C

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (RE4ES),  Alabama Civil Justice Foundation

ACJF’s Executive Director was among the 28 philanthropic and racial justice advocates invited to be a part of the first Alabama event sponsored by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (RE4ES).

Blog Mentions

As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil

Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng, April 04, 2017