Meet Elizabeth Boyd
When ushers at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi readily admitted four African American female college students seeking to worship there in June 1963, they made history. Up and down North Capitol Street, civil rights activists had been routinely denied entry from one mainline church after another during a 10-month-long “kneel-in” campaign to challenge segregation at whites-only churches. So when St. Andrew’s not only escorted the students to a pew but asked them to sign the guest book, national headlines resulted. The “open door” policy of the Cathedral, located directly across the street from the Mississippi governor’s mansion, must have aggravated its occupant at the time, segregationist Gov. Ross Barnett. But recountings of the tale made a lasting, favorable impression on Elizabeth Boyd. But a young child at the time, she was ultimately shaped by her church’s quiet but bold witness for justice and inclusion.
A life-long Episcopalian, Seabury’s new Congregational Resources Coordinator cites the denomination’s work for social justice as an important point of connection, one that recently led her to interpret the commemorative artwork of her parish, Grace Episcopal, Silver Spring, for the Diocese of Maryland’s 2014 “Trail of Souls: Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage.” This day-long journey visited five Maryland sites with str