WALNUT RIDGE – The Williams Baptist College (WBC) softball team walked in the steps of civil rights pioneers in Selma, Ala., as a part of Williams students' celebration of African-American culture and history in February.
A large group of Williams students traveled to Jonesboro and attended a showing of the Oscar nominated movie "Selma" Feb. 4. The movie portrays the struggle for black voting rights and centers on marchers who attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.
The Williams softball team was among those watching the movie and, in a fortunate twist of scheduling, played at a tournament in Alabama the following week. Interim Coach Tyler Herring and Williams President Tom Jones led the way as the team crossed the historic bridge and visited the nearby historic center in Selma.
“It was moving to consider the sacrifice of those who marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago, and it was especially rewarding to see that our WBC student athletes were eager to walk in the steps of these pioneers. The historical significance of the place was clearly meaningful to all of us,” said Jones.
Among other Black History Month observances at Williams, the group Personal Praise was in concert Feb. 24. About 100 were in attendance for the spiritual music performance in Williams' Old Chapel.
An evening meal Feb. 26 had a Soul Food theme. Williams' Black History Month Committee coordinated the meal with Williams Chef David Shanteau, who directs food services at Williams.
This year’s Black History Month Committee consists of Williams students Dara Britton, Andrew Matthews, Hannah Morgan, Ebony Scott and Patrick Smith, as well as Kathy Evans, Williams' coordinator of student activities.