Full Support Is Expressed for Mr. Bird’s Decision
Vineyard Gazette

In a letter to Rev. Henry L. Bird, the text of which follows, Mrs. Robert W. Nevin of Edgartown has expressed her support and admiration for his decision to join the civil rights demonstration in North Carolina:

“As one of your parishioners and a fellow citizen, I want to give full support to your decision to join an anti-segregation demonstration in Williamston, N. C., with its almost inevitable result of your having been jailed there.

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Lust for Freedom at White Heat in Williamston, N. C.
Vineyard Gazette

Williamston. Town (Pop. 3,966) co, seat of martin Co., n.e. N. C., on the Roanoke and ESE of Rocky Mount; inc. 1779. It is a tobacco market and has fisheries, a peanut processing factory, and lumber mills.

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President Speaks of Reconciliation at Civil Rights Anniversary Event
Julie Dulude

President Clinton shed the defiance that characterized the televised address following his August 17 grand jury testimony for a more humble tone when he spoke about forgiveness to a diverse gathering of more than 500 Vineyard residents and visitors at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs on Friday.

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Rep. John Lewis Is Keynote Speaker At Civil Rights Anniversary Celebration
Ethan Kelley

The civil rights movement of the 1960s helped define the way our society thinks and acts today. Since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march on Washington, D.C., 35 years ago, millions of people have viewed their place in America in a different light.

Now, the Vineyard has the chance to experience part of that legacy. Cong. John Lewis visits the Island today to celebrate the anniversary of the movement and reflect on the meaning of acts of service.

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Civil Rights Leader Visits the Vineyard
Vineyard Gazette

U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia visits Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, August 28 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and to introduce Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. One of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement, John Lewis is the only major speaker at the 1963 March on Washington still living.

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Dr. Nevin Joins in Civil Rights Trip
Vineyard Gazette

Dr. Robert W. Nevin is on his way this morning to Williamston, N. C., as a participant in the civil rights demonstration in which, last week, the Rev. Henry L. Bird, rector of the Episcopal Parish on Martha’s Vineyard, was arrested and jailed in that southern town. His departure from Boston by automobile, with four others, may have been seen on television by Islanders who have long been his patients, his friends, and his admirers.

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Rev. Henry Bird is Released from Jail
Vineyard Gazette

The Rev. Henry L. Bird was released from jail in Williamston, N. C., on Wednesday, along with others of the group of fifty, northern ministers and local people, who were arrested last week following a non-violent demonstration.

The bond posted for their release had to be supplied by local taxpayers or property owners (any amount of money had been offered and was ready on the Vineyard), and although the necessary amount was nominal, said to be only $125, even that sum couldn’t be supplied by sympathetic people in the town except by liens on their properties.

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Five Women Take ‘Food and Morale’ for Williamston
Vineyard Gazette

“Mainly we’re taking food and morale,” Mrs. Stanley Murphy of Chilmark remarked on Tuesday, on the eve of the departure of five Vineyard women - Mrs. David E. Lilienthal Jr., Mrs. Henry C. Smith, Mrs. Nancy Hodgson, Mrs. Milton Mazer, and Mrs. Murphy - for Williamston, N. C., that southern community in which the segregated black population has become allied with the Vineyard in a freedom movement.

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Statement of Rev. Mr. Brady at Grace Church
Vineyard Gazette

The following Statement of Interpretation was given at Grace Church, Vineyard Haven, on Sunday morning, by the Rev. D. Norman Brady of Falmouth. Mr. Brady was supplying at the service of morning prayer in the absence of the Rev. Henry L. Bird, rector. The statement:

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Letters to the Editors
Vineyard Gazette

“Why are you not here?” Thoreau Asked

Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

The action which led to the jailing of the Rev. Henry L. Bird in Williamston, N. C., last week, is reminiscent of an anecdote about Henry Thoreau of Massachusetts. Thoreau was put into Concord jail because he refused action which he believed was immoral. Emerson strolled down to the jail to visit his friend. “Why are you here, Henry?” he said. “Why are you not here, Waldo?” replied Thoreau.

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