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Whitefish civil rights activist shares his stories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted at 7:26 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 13:30:43-05

HELENA — Rabbi Allen Secher, a longtime champion of civil rights who co-founded the group Love Lives Here in Whitefish, also was an active participant during the 1960s civil rights movement.

The Montana Human Rights Network is hosting Secher to share his reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Monday.

"It makes a difference of them hearing the story verses them reading the story," said Secher. "And ... hearing the story directly from someone who has been there."

Secher worked with Dr. King and was one of 16 rabbis arrested in St. Augustine in 1964 where a motel manager poured acid into a pool with non-violent protesters who were desegregating it.

While in prison, the rabbis wrote a letter on the back of a KKK poster about why they went and the importance of facing injustice at every turn.

Secher says in recent years, there has been a visible rise in hate speech here in Montana and hopes people can learn from his stories

Secher tells MTN News that it makes a difference sharing personal stories, for both high school teens and adults alike.

A conservation with Rabbi Secher and his work will begin at 6:45 p.m. in Helena.