Floyd Thompkins and Byron Bland
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Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement know that their individual acts were in service of a
broader and deeper vision. In fighting segregation, they sought to strengthen society through
inclusion of the excluded. When Dr. King spoke against the Vietnam War, he did so out of a vision of
a peaceful society. Local communities struggled against the devastating impact of poverty, but their
goal was empowerment, not welfare. Our goal is to recapture Dr. King’s vison of a world made
better through people coming together in love.