How segregationist George Wallace became a model for racial reconciliation

Continuing the Conversation at Saint Marks

Our story this week is one of compassion and new beginnings. It’s about building bridges.

And it’s about George Wallace.

Yes, that George Wallace — 45th governor of Alabama, known as the man who during his 1963 inaugural address said, “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. And segregation forever.”

The man who the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once called the “most dangerous racist in America.”

George Wallace was the embodiment of resistance to the civil rights movement.

But George Wallace is also the man who in 1982, ran for governor for a fourth and final term and won . . . 90 percent of the black vote.