Wilton Robinson: One man's journey to the mountain
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Mr. Robinson’s grandfather was a Baptist minister in Alabama during the civil rights movement. “He and my grandmother were involved with the NAACP and with voter registration. It was hard,” he said. “They had to meet in churches, the only place we could congregate. That’s why the church in Birmingham was bombed. They knew there was organizing going on there, including a voter registration drive.”
Now the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is a symbol of racial and cultural unity representing hope and understanding. The church was designated a National Historic landmark in 2006.
“As President of the library, I want to create excitement about these [historical] events and use them to help create a brighter future,” said Mr. Robinson. “We can prevail, we can succeed. We have to keep moving and one day we’ll reach the mountaintop.”