The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Marching into history

Joe and Joyce Ellwanger reflect on their trek to Montgomery, Alabama

Joe and Joyce Ellwanger remember vividly what they did March 25, 1965: They marched to Montgomery, Ala. “There was a sense of accomplishment,” says Joe, a retired ELCA pastor living in Milwaukee, “because the white power structure said this march from Selma to Montgomery was ‘the craziest thing that you could imagine, and over our dead bodies will you ever march’—and here we were.”

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