Faith Matters: Struggle for Equal Rights Powered by Faith

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson 49 years ago today.

People in Selma who remember the struggle for voting rights -- say it was a movement that was led by preachers -- organized in churches -- and powered by faith.

Reverend Leodis Strong participated in the civil rights movement while growing up in Arkansas. Today, he's the pastor of Brown Chapel Church in Selma -- a church listed as a National Historic Landmark for the role it played during the Selma Movement.

"Faith was the foundation of that belief system," said Strong. "My understanding of the Bible and of the God of that Bible, was that He had made me too, and that in His eyesight I was equal to anybody else."