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“What about now better jobs, What about better training, and schooling? Kevin Seay is a business owner trying to make it through tough economic times in Selma.He and his wife opened clothing and accessory store last year and make money.
“If Selma is growing in the right way, then we can have the greatest economic expansion that anybody could ever look for.”
But many black-owned businesses were forced to close during the economic downturn seven years ago.The closed store end boarded up storefronts indicate the area lacks job opportunities-even though the institutional segregation of five decades ago is a thing of the past.
Longtime Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders says it is tragic a worldwide symbol of the civil rights struggle has not prospered.
“The economics and political did not come together in Selma to produce the desired results,Selma now needs to harvest and its planted needs to harvest.”
Unemployment for young blacks here is more than 20 percent and some families live in government subsidized housing, as they did 50 years ago. Selma radio station owner Glenn King is pushing economic development by supporting black-owned businesses. He says if every black business could add one employee it would reduce black unemployment to the level of whites.
"I have encouraged blacks that, together we stand—divided we fall, and show other blacks what they can do if they invest in something in their community.”
“I believe that we are a lot better now clearly than we were before. I believe our biggest issue now is a polarization due to the economic issues of today, rather than race,” Cromwell Handy is the pastor of the Reverend Martin Luther King’s historic church in Montgomery.
He says African Americans can fulfill Dr. King's dream by demanding income equality.
"We must forward march. We must stay away from what we know from a military term marking time.We just cannot march in place, focus on the past. We have to forward march from here for a better nation and a better world.”
Birmingham Mayor William Bell believes blacks can create or generate economic opportunities by staying involved in the political process.
“To protect those opportunities you have got to fully participate.You got to be a full-fledged citizen and that right to vote is critical to economic power, it is critical to social power, and it is critical to cultural power."
In Selma, Kevin Seay wants to help fellow entrepreneurs. Someday he hopes to hire more workers, giving something back to the community.
“Now you are starting to see more blacks are coming together to help one another.Because I feel that if one can make it then the next one can make it. If I can get started then something I can probably do will pull you up and help you along the way.”
Community leaders believe by working together they can bring about better financial times for this community that was so pivotal to the civil rights movement.
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