It’s Black History month and Shreveport played an important role in the nationwide civil rights movement.
We are taking you all along a Black History tour of Shreveport this week and our tour guide is Reverend Asriel McLain who is the associate minister here at Little Union Baptist Church.
And today we are exploring the history behind Evergreen Baptist Church.
Reverand Asriel McLain says,”this was known for three sites during the movement. One this was a site for a luncheon Dr. King had with local pastor’s prior to his vistor with Little Union. Secondly this was also the scene of a mass rally of where one of the freedom riders spoke. And third after Medgar Evers was shot in Mississippi, his brother Charles spoke at a memorial service for him at the church in the sanctuary behind me. “
“The two memories have of this church, was one a mass meeting here at the church I was about 8 or 9 when the freedom rider spoke in the pulpit of Evergreen and I was also here in front of Charles Evers when he addressed the community after the assissanition of his brother, Medgar. It left a double impact on my life,” Reverand McLain said “the impact of the struggle for justice of equality for all people and what the struggle was about.”
You can follow all of our steps that we’re taking following civil rights leaders through out shreveport. Right here on online.