ALBANY, Ga. — Gloria Ward Wright, founding pastor and CEO of DaySpring International Ministries Inc. of Atlanta, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today at the Albany Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) at its Monthly Community Night.
She is the chaplain for the Concerned Black Clergy and serves on the executive board of the organization.
Despite being jailed four times while active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Wright never wavered in her pursuit of freedom and justice for all, according to a release from ACRI. Wright has taken the cause of nonviolence and reconciliation to inter-religious dialogues in Israel and Jordan.
She has been honored by the National Council of Negro Women with the Community Leadership Award for Dedicated Black Women by the Concerned Black Clergy as a Woman of Faith and by various other organizations.
Wright is a motivational speaker and the author of the book “From the Back of the Line: the Views of a Teenager From the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.”
She will give a talk about her experiences as a teenager who was actively engaged in the struggles of the ’60s, and excerpts from her book are likely to be shared as well, ACRI officials say. A book signing will take place at the end of the presentation.
A veteran educator of more than 25 years, Wright and her husband, Daniel W. Wright Jr., reside in Atlanta and are the parents of one adult son, Byron W. Wright.
This event is free and open to the public.