10 years ago, Gwen Patton opened the first Southern Movement Assembly in a tent on the land at the Lowndes County Interpretive Center in Lowndes County, halfway between Selma and Montgomery on Highway 80. On September 22, 2012, Gwen and her SNCC comrade Scottie B. connected us to our legacy of Black Radical Traditions and Southern Freedom Movements. She was proud then. She saw that we were staying the course. That we were regenerating the essence and spirit of the movement in a new moment. We had accepted her challenge to recreate the campsite of Freedom Tent City in 1965, and we recognized that we were regenerating the Southern Freedom Movement in the 21st Century.
10 years later, she would be proud again. Earlier this month, delegations representing peoples movement assemblies across the South gathered at the historic Franklinton Center at Bricks for Southern Movement Assembly 10. Rooted in place, in our people, and in our history we identified the uniqueness of this moment and began building a collective vision to meet it.
These are heavy times, but we choose to dream and scheme beyond collapse.
We choose liberation and joyful resistance.
We invite you to meet this moment with us.