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A Small Part of Local 60’s Civil Rights

02/07/2008

peace_symbol_petri_lumme_01.jpgAs we celebrate Black History Month with its many famous and remarkable people who fought for “civil rights” and the equality of “All God’s Children”, I must pause and remember three very remarkable, yet not very famous people, who did a big part in local “civil rights” and influenced me during the turbulent 60’s.

Reverend George Glock and his wife Doris Hand-Glock will never go down in history as “civil rights” leaders or well know marchers but they were there, standing side by side with those who sought justice and equality.

From Austintown Methodist Church to Tod Avenue Methodist and then Braceville Methodist Church, Pastor Glock and wife practiced what he preached throughout the Mahoning Valley.

In 1963, Pastor Glock and Doctor Dulaney, from Braceville Baptist Church, joined together as “Brothers” and worked together in unity and fellowship.

Pastor Glock invited Doctor Dulaney to preach from his pulpit at the Braceville Methodist Church along with an invitation to The Baptist Church Choir to perform.

They accepted and what a history making Sunday that was to behold.

Doctor Dulaney in return invited Pastor Glock along with his choir to preach and sing at his Church, which was another history making event.

Neither of these events made the news, wire service or will go down in the history books, but both men and events were just as important in establishing mutual respect and in teaching me the real ideals and truths that shaped the 60’s.

Later, when Doctor Dulaney was killed by a passing car while walking along the side of the road, Doris Hand-Glock was asked to sing at the his funeral, for the bond that was forged in unity of life was still strong, even in death. I can still here my Mother’s voice singing “How Great Thou Art.”

Doctor Dulaney, Dad and Mom, I thank you for all you showed me, taught me and instilled in me.

Thank you for taking a stand when others hid.

Thank you for showing me the truth in the fact that “all it takes for evil to conquer is for good people to do nothing.”

Thank you for being “good people” who did something.

All are gone now. I pray that the fruits of their labor has not gone in vain.

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