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You are cordially invited to celebrate the lives of civil rights martyrs who gave their lives for freedom.

Did you know that, "between 1955 and 1968 only forty people were murdered in the American South for reasons related to the civil rights movement. Hundreds had been slain in a comparable span of time, 1865-77, as former Confederates fought to restore white supremacy. In the 1890s, their sons and grandsons hanged, burned, or shot, sometimes all three plus mutilation for sport, more than 150 black southerners each year to enforce the new segregation codes" (E. Culpepper Clark, 1995). Why did so few die in America's Civil Rights struggle? Should the civil rights victory be considered a miracle of Biblical proportion?

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The memorial service will recall the individual sacrifices of the martyrs and encourage us to continue their collective cause.

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