Judy Hand-Truit was a young white teen in Birmingham, Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
“It really woke me up, it really made me who I became,” Hand-Truit recalls.
Not far from where she grew up was Kelly Ingram Park, where civil rights demonstrators were routinely attacked by officers and other law enforcement officials. Truit never participated in the protests but the images have been forever imprinted in her mind.
“People were risking their lives to stand up for their own human dignity,” Hand-Truit tells theGrio.com in an interview. “I was just so amazed at the courage that people were showing.”
More than 50 years later, Truit, 69, is no longer standing on the sidelines.
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