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Smallest Freedom Fighter’ will speak at King Day breakfast

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RICHMOND, Ind. — The youngest marcher in 1965 at the Edmund Pettus Bridge will share her story Jan. 17.

Sheyann Webb-Christburg will be the featured speaker during the “Living the Dream” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Breakfast at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond.

The event, which will be in Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd., is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at connect.ivytech.edu/MLKJrDay2022. A pre-packaged, grab-and-go breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8 a.m.

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King gave Webb-Christburg the nickname “Smallest Freedom Fighter” as she participated in marches and activist meetings.

Webb-Christburg is a Selma, Alabama, native who was 9 years old for the first attempt at a Selma to Montgomery march on March 7, 1965. The attempted crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge is known as Bloody Sunday.

Webb-Christburg will speak about her experiences in those events as well as the influence and impact King had on her. Her presentation will include childhood memories of growing up during the Selma Civil Rights Movement and experiences of racial discrimination, violence, injustices, inequality and the deaths of people fighting for their rights.

This article originally appeared on Richmond Palladium-Item: ‘Smallest Freedom Fighter’ will speak at King Day breakfast

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