Though some feared the South, African-American families came and met history

Rhonda Medina thought her daughter Gabby would be over the moon with excitement.

Medina is president of the Mercer County chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. in New Jersey, all but smack dab in the middle of the state. Earlier this year, she told her now 15-year-old that the organization’s national president wanted her to perform a poem she had written–it’s called Unapologetically Black–when the esteemed group of African-American mothers dedicated to raising “the next generation of African-American leaders” came to Birmingham in May to celebrate and engage with foot soldiers who marched and faced “Bull’ Connor’s police dogs and fire hoses 55 years ago in the fight against segregation.

The look on Gabby’s face, however, did not speak of excitement, joy or pride. “It was like,” Medina…

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