At 11-years-old, Perry’s father encouraged him to go attend the marches and be as involved in the movement as he was. “My father was very active in the movement”. His father actively participated in marches and attended local NAACP and SNCC meetings. His father was also very aware of the dangers involved with participating in those marches. “I was not allowed to participate in the march on Bloody Sunday. My father knew that the police would not allow the marchers to proceed“. Perry went on to say that he believed the tragic events happened on that Sunday as an attempt to manifest Birmingham Police sheriff Wilson Baker’s “master plan”. That plan was to keep blacks from voting.
On the current racial climate in Selma, AL Perry believes that it has improved quite a bit. “People have gotten past those events, but they have not forgotten them.”
Speaking with Mr. Perry was very enlightening and heart warming. When I asked if I could use his name, he was more than happy to do so. It is quite refreshing to know that the people whose efforts weren’t placed in the history books are just as important as the individuals they supported.
Peace and Blessings,
Angela A. Hughes