Civil Rights icon honored with hallmark day in Montgomery

Civil Rights icon honored with hallmark day in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - July 7, 2017, a day to remember Civil Rights icon Rev. Richard Boone. July 7 was honored as Rev. Richard Boone Day in Montgomery Friday.

For half a century he fought against racial injustice and discrimination.

"People understand the giants of Civil Rights like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks but a lot of the work was done by people who were less famous," said Bill Ford of Montgomery.

Boone led 800 students from the campus of Alabama State University to a field at Hill Street and Fairview Avenue. There, they joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery march.

"He went into the classrooms and told them, ‘Come on, you're going right now, and you're going to march for your freedom and for the right to vote,’” said Boone’s wife, Mary Boone. “When they did march, they came right here on these hallow grounds and they met the rest of the marchers who came in from Selma."

Although Boone passed away in 2013, his wife hopes to finish what he started.

"He was such a great man when it came to caring about his community,” said Boone.

There is a historical marker along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Rev. Boone's honor. It was dedicated in 2015.

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