Nancy J. Nelson is director of the African American Education Program at Eastern Washington University. She also develops and performs musical programs on African American issues, history and culture.
Alvin B. Pitmon is a computer systems technician for The Spokesman-Review. He sings gospel for church groups and in the performing arts in the Inland Northwest.
In this report
Audio:"Lift Every Voice"
"My Lord, What a Morning"
"Walk With Me"
Photos:Remembering the civil rights movement
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
The voices of Emelda and Manuel Brown are strong and clear and gentle. During a time of chaos, you might seek them out, just to sit for a while in the soothing calm of their voices.
Manuel is 70. Emelda, 69. They live on Spokane's North Side. Their children are grown. Except for a few years when Manuel, now retired from the Air Force and Avista, was stationed in Spain, the Browns have called Spokane home since 1960. Their kitchen is a welcoming place. They'll serve you hot tea, and in the warmth of their kitchen, in kind voices, they will recount from their past some dangerous memories.
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