Sunday, February 4, 2001

Through Spokane's eyes

Freedom comes at a high price

By Rebecca Nappi
Interactive editor

File - The Spokesman-Review
Verda Lofton
  • Anticipation
  • "It was about human rights"
  • "I'd be there today"

  • Sam Minnix
  • Being part of the local march
  • "No idea what to expect"
  • Marches made a difference
  • Freedom has a high price

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    Verda Minnix Lofton has passed on to her two sons Lamar, left, 30, and Junius, 31, the need to make their voices known in their communities.
    Verda Lofton, 49, was Verda Minnix in March 1965, an eighth-grader at Grant Elementary School.

    She married her childhood sweetheart and has lived in Seattle for several years. Her early activism influenced the rest of her life. She's a social worker and diversity trainer.

    Sam Minnix was a junior at Eastern Washington University when he participated in the march in Spokane.

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    He had been involved in civil rights causes in Spokane before 1965, and said he felt guilty that he wasn't been able to go to Alabama for the Selma to Montgomery March. The Spokane march seemed like the next best thing.

    He is now 59 years old and works for the federal government in Tacoma.

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