‘Selma’ prompts painful memories for Sister of St. Joseph who marched

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March 5, 2015

Sister Barbara Moore, a participant in 1965 voting rights march in Selma, talks with women at spirituality center in St. Louis

Sister Barbara Moore, the first African-American woman to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, talks with women at the Nia Kuumba spirituality center for African-American women in St. Louis Jan. 21. Sister Barbara experienced the voting rights march in Selma, Ala., firsthand a half century ago. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Sister Barbara Moore wanted to see the film “Selma,” but by herself “because emotionally I knew it would probably be impactful.”

So the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet sat alone in a St. Louis theater in January and watched the movie about the events of 50 years ago this March — the voting rights marches and protests led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama.

Sister Barbara experienced Selma firsthand a half century ago. A native St. Louisan and sister for nine years, she traveled with a delegation of women religious, priests and ministers from Kansas City — it was her first plane ride — and spent three days in Selma March 12-14, 1965.

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