Since arriving in Birmingham yesterday afternoon, I’ve tried to relax a little. I plan to remain here until Sunday before resuming my walk. Brothers from my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, have offered me a place to stay at the local fraternity house, which I gladly accepted, so I don’t have to worry about accomodations for theContinue Reading Rest & Relaxation
“Something is happening in Memphis, Something is happening in our world,” Martin Luther King, Jr., April 3, 1965 Those were some of the first words the late Dr. King recited in his famous Mountaintop speech delivered the night before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago. “Trouble is in the land; confusion allContinue Reading MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop
I’d like to thank my team for all their help with getting me prepared for this journey. I am indebted to each and every one of them for their assistance to this point of my journey. They are all wonderful people who care about me and the success of my dream. Haile Johnston, JonContinue Reading A Big Shout Out and Thank You
A short time after I appeared on WRSI’s Monte Belmont radio program a few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paul Reitano, a resident area photographer. He said he was very inspired by my story and asked if he could take some pictures of me. I told him how much I was moved by hisContinue Reading Paul Reitano Photographs
I’d like to thank the members of the Goodwin Memorial AME Zion, in Amherst, Mass., for welcoming me to their service last Sunday morning, and supporting Walk to Freedom. The service was titled “A Service of Lament, Celebration & Trust in God” was very moving for me. Many of the songs, prayers, and readings wereContinue Reading Goodwin Memorial AME Zion
As I prepare to take flight for Selma, Alabama this weekend to begin my walk to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, I realized I needed a theme song to take me from here to there. Freedom Flight by my friend Mausiki Scales fits the bill. Freedom Flight is hip, smooth, and Groovy.Continue Reading Walk to Freedom Theme Song
As I prepare for my trip to Alabama, I reflected on this old song titled I’m Alabama Bound by the late Blues singer, Leadbelly.
Late last week I was interview by Springfield Republican reporter Diane Leaderman about my upcoming walk. Here’s a link to the story that appeared in today’s paper. Walk to Freedom, Springfield Republican.
Yesterday I sat down with Monte Belmont of WRSI-FM in Northampton, Mass. to discuss my upcoming walk from Selma to Memphis. Listen to the interview here.
Here’s a question that was made into a lovely song, How do I get there? I’m sure many of us have asked ourselves that from time to time. It’s by Blues artist Don Bryant. And there’s a nicely written NPR article on his musical career as well.