Christine Weerts
Christine Weerts
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Christine Weerts, author of "Heroes of Faith: Rosa Young," directs the senior choir at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Autauga County, Ala., founded in 1922 through the ministry of African American missionary Rosa J. Young. She has degrees in music (BA) and religion (MA) and is a freelance writer.
55 Years After Alabama’s Voting Rights March, Meet The Marcher With The Cracker Jack Shoes

Somewhere along the 55-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, 15-year-old Betty Anderson, whose father was a shoemaker, wore a large hole in her shoe. But that didn’t stop her.

Meet The Black Composers And Singers Who Revolutionized Gospel Music

These composers and singers of the faith championed a musical style that crosses denominations and transcends race: black gospel music.

Selma, Alabama’s First Black Church Is Still Going Strong. Take A Look At Its Amazing Legacy

First Baptist has always had strong members whose faith, tested and tried with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, intimidation, violence, and even a devastating tornado, triumphed over all.

‘Can This Be Hell?’ This Month We Remember Those Who Died Fighting For Freedom

In the bleak midwinter 155 years ago this month, my great-great-Uncle Cornelius M. Dearth died here — on the grounds of the Civil War POW camp in Andersonville, Georgia. He was 22.

Amid Poverty, This Remarkable Alabama Woman Changed The Lives Of More Than 20 Foster Children

Thelma Kennedy, a 78-year-old Alabama woman, had a hard life. But that didn’t stop her from pouring herself into her six kids and more than 20 foster children — and everyone else she met.

How This Slave Descendant Celebrates Juneteenth In Alabama, And You Can Too

‘I have always loved listening to the stories from ‘old times,’ and I am proud of all my family has accomplished despite coming out of the horrible sin of slavery,’ says Betty Anderson, 69.

Birmingham Civil Rights Icon Leaves A Legacy Of True Anti-Racism

It was 10:22 a.m. on September 15, 1963, and a dynamite bomb had just ripped a giant hole through Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 25 blocks away, where Chris’s daughter had gone with her mother to celebrate Youth Sunday.

Amid Politician Preening, Participants In The Original Selma March Share Their Stories

The solemn march of solidarity, attended by people of all races and ages, gives a sense of the courage and commitment of ‘ordinary people who did extraordinary things.’

9 Famous Spirituals To Enlighten Your Understanding Of Black American History

Our senior choir sings spirituals year round, because we love the expression of praise and worship of Christ, the sharing of a gospel, reflected in sweet poetry and lush melody.

Riveting Stories Of Black American History From The Backwoods Of Alabama

You might not have heard of these less celebrated Black History Month heroes, but their lives of faith and service are worthy of recognition.