Elgin ministers reflect on assassination that shook ‘the consciousness of our nation’

The Rev. Nathaniel L. Edmond of Elgin’s Second Baptist Church recalls April 1968 as a time when, as a Birmingham, Ala., high school student, he watched as his mother was rejected time and again as she tried to register to vote.

“My mother went to the courthouse seven times, on seven Mondays, before she was allowed to vote. I remember it very vividly,” Edmond said.

Before that, the Rev. Don Shank, a twice-retired Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren minister who is now a chaplain at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, said he joined members of his Elgin congregation for both the March on Washington in August 1963 and the march to Selma, Ala., in 1965.

Both longtime Elgin ministers and activists are reflecting this week on the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin…

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