From the NCR Archives: To critics of Selma marchers

This article appears in the Selma and Archives feature series.

Originally published in National Catholic Reporter
Oct. 6, 1965

To critics
of Selma marchers

Though wedged in thickest traffic
a man can sicken with aloneness.
He can yearn for human brotherhood
As he has never wanted bread.
But let his step paced
By a brother’s step
And he grows strong
With a spreading strength – that reaches
to the healing of the heart.

A man can hunger for that sound
As he has never needed bread.
“I was hungry…”
And safely,safely, from a distance

You made a Holy Hour
You lit a lovely candle.
And then you went your way.


Click here (or the Archives button above) for a list of all five Selma-related articles from 1965.