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White civil rights advocate shares lessons learned from MLK with Pittsburgh audience

What can Pittsburgh, as a community, do to improve race relations in the city?

According to Al Lingo, a white Protestant minister, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery and was assigned by King to talk with other white people in the South about voting rights for black people, every journey starts with a first step. And that first step is acknowledging problematic behavior and calling it out.

“When I turned 80, my motto changed in life,” he told a crowd at an event hosted by the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) Thursday night. “My motto became, ‘Get in the way.’ Now, getting in the way is a matter of your saying to somebody, ‘You can’t talk like that in front of me. I don’t accept that language.’”

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