Life Path

Life from the Start and the Civil Rights Movement


 My journey and path began sixty years ago when I was born to my parents, Ethel and Robert Zachary, in Anniston, Alabama.

Our home was one of the community sites for civil rights activists where heated dialogue and discussions amongst ministers, teachers and people of the segregated South would be held.


In 1965, when I was only fifteen, I met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during one of his visits to Anniston. Thanks to my brother-in-law, Rev. Billy Joe Robinson for convincing my parents to let me go and my uncle Mac, an AME ministers who took me and sit on the platform with Dr. King. This monumental meeting set the tone for what would be my life's work.