Professor, Avila University in Kansas City has co-authored with Sister
Martha Smith, Professor Emerita of History, Spirited Lives: How Nuns
Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920 (1999).
Thornton, Professor, University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor and a recognized authority on Alabama and civil rights, has helped shape several
prestigious documentaries including George Wallace: Setting the Woods on
Fire, and the PBS series Eyes on the Prize. The Selma
section of this project is based largely on his Dividing
Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery,
Birmingham, and Selma (2002).
Fr. Cyprian Davis, African American
author of The History of Black Catholics in the United States (1990)
was himself in Selma in March 1965 and knows the two African American
sisters to be interviewed for this project.
Leslie Tentler, Professor, Catholic University at Washington D.C.
and author of Wage-earning Women (1986) has written histories of the Catholic church in
Alston Fitts III, author of Selma: Queen City of the Black Belt
(1989), has the advantage of being a native Alabamian who has enjoyed a long
and intimate association with the Fathers of St. Edmunds.