Reflecting On Civil Rights

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Younger generations heard the stories, while older generations lived it. Many died fighting for justice and equality. And those conversations continue, even today.

"For me, he was a courageous man that came from humble beginnings,” stated Leah Reeb Varela. “He took a risk to stand up for civil rights and voting right of minorities in our country in the sixties."

Leah is the granddaughter of reverend James Reeb, a civil rights hero from Casper. His life achievements are still recognized and is considered a catalyst for a national movement.

"The one big word that comes to mind is just courageous,” continued Varela. “He was the family man that was simply doing his job ministering; trying to work for social justice around the U.S. who happened to be from Casper."

Many gather to talk about pro-active items that can and should be done to help promote equality.

"Many marches, protests, and movements have occurred throughout our history. Thousands upon thousands of people died fighting for equality. When is #enough finally enough? Would our ancestors really be proud of where we are today? It's up to us to be the change that we want to see."

'The Table' members hope attendants walk away with more knowledge and ideas to execute.

"If we don't respond to our history well, we're just going to repeat the dark parts of our history,” commented Libby Tedder Hugus, Pastor of ‘The Table’. “I think the legacy of James Reeb is one of wanting to aim to fight for equality and truly stand for that. And if we don't recognize that and then act on that now, we're being deaf and dumb."

Wyoming is considered "the equality state". Now is the time to prove our title.