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Week 2: 08/06/2020

This My54 week began on August 6th, which is the 55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian helped organize the world-changing Selma-to-Montgomery march — which this program honors by the 54 miles we’re all moving — to fight for voting rights of Blacks in Alabama, the South, and around the country. It was so important to them that they convinced thousands to walk 54 miles through rural Alabama, in the teeth of those who had already proven that they would do them harm. And that commitment and sacrifice directly led to the passing of one of the seminal civil rights laws in the history of our country. In addition to the work we are all doing with My54, we would encourage you to spend some time this week learning more about voting rights, ensure you are registered to vote yourself, and help register others. If you want to learn more about the 1965 Voting Rights Act, please check out History.com.

Your 54 may also be voting rights, but it could be something completely different — perhaps it’s hunger, police brutality, or antisemitism. This week we will use our time walking to explore how you support others. By the end of the week, you should have that answer and inspiration to start learning how to engage and effect change in your community.

We hope these prompts help fuel your commitment to the challenge! We know many of you have just joined us in the last few days, and as you look at the 54 miles ahead of you, it may be intimidating. We’d love you to try and finish the whole walk, but just know that if you don’t feel you are able to make it by the 28th, the journey is more important rather than the destination. Walk what you can, and focus instead on the daily intentional questions and actions, knowing that you will come out of this experience better positioned to work on your 54!


Day 8: Thursday, August 6th (55th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act)
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 series by NPR, which was recorded on the 40th anniversary of the Act’s signing and includes a number of interviews and stories, including an interview with Andrew Young.

Day 9: Friday, August 7th:
Respect, by Aretha Franklin

Day 10: Saturday, August 8th:
This is America, by Childish Gambino

Day 11: Sunday, August 9th:
You Will Be Found by Dear Evan Hansen Original Broadway Cast

Day 12: Monday, August 10th:
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Day 13: Tuesday, August 11th:
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly & The Family Stone

Day 14: Wednesday, August 12th:
You've Got A Friend by Carole King

Together for 54

Honoring Civil Rights Leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian’s Lives and Legacies With A Personal Commitment to Physically Moving 54 Miles, The Distance of the World-Changing 1965 Selma March.

What is My 54?

We invite you to join us and share your 54.

We are not raising any money, but instead raising voices and hearts. We ask that you commit to:

Pray With Your Feet

Pledge to walk, run, bike, or otherwise move 54 miles from July 30th (C.T. Vivian’s Birthday) through August 28th (The March on Washington)

Share With Your Feed

Share your journey and purpose with your social networks and ask them to share theirs as well.

Place Faith Over Fear

Overcome inequality and wrong with an understanding that the arc of the universe bends towards justice

Visit their website at My54.org for more information and to pledge.

Other Events

  • October 1st, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    A Jazz Memoir: Herb Snitzer Zoom Art Talk

    Meet Herb as he and exhibition curator Tony Casadonte discuss Jazz, Photography and much more. The new exhibition, A Jazz Memoir: Photography by Herb Snitzer features images documenting America’s Jazz scene, focusing on the 1957–1964, of his over fifty-year career. Images of Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and many others are showcased. Additional works reveal his desire to use photography to effect social change and his belief that “Injustice for one is injustice for all.”

  • October 15th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Jews and Jazz: A Discussion of the impact of Jews on the Jazz Scene

    Meet Gary Motley and Dr.Gordon Vernick as they discuss the significant roles that Jews have played in the Jazz scene as composers, performers, writers, and entrepreneurs. Learn about the contributions of composers like George Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Oscar Hammerstein and more. Tonight’s program will explore some of the most important compositions by these great composers while we tell the back stories of “Jews and Jazz.”

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