by Wanda Clay
This was a spectacular day as Clark begins their 155th year Anniversary celebration. On a journey that began quite some time ago, Sunday, February 9th, the Historical Marker from the Metro Historical Commission was unveiled on the corner of 14th & Phillips Street in recognition of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church. Clark was a primary location where civil rights activists gathered to meet on strategies such as the sit-ins and other organized protests. The late Matthew Walker, Jr. was a Civil Rights activist, a freedom rider and a long-time member of Clark Memorial UMC who always maintained that “we must never forget!” This unveiling took place in his honor along with the many other “Cloud of Witnesses,” who were active members of Clark Memorial.
The ceremony was led by anniversary chair, Marilyn Magee Talbert and Rev. Dr. Herbert L. Lester, Jr., Senior Pastor. Our special guests included members of the “Freedom Riders,” Matthew Walker, III and other activists. Many attended the unveiling, including members, friends and visitors from Brentwood UMC, Gordon UMC and other United Methodist Churches. Also in attendance for this momentous occasion was Red River District Superintendent and Bishop McAlilly, city officials from the Mayor’s Office and District Councilman Freddie O’Connell.