Community activist Sarah Price is remembered for her work with ministries in Greater Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – The Birmingham community mourns the loss of a community activist and benefactor.
Those who knew Sarah Price, who died on September 11, say she always thought of others and always gave. Scott Douglas, executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, said Price has been instrumental in organizing, touching lives and shaping organizations.
Greater Birmingham Ministries is a “multi-faith, multi-racial organization” that provides food, clothing and financial assistance to people facing crisis. In addition, he works to build community and seek justice.
Douglas said Price was the heart of GBM, having been involved with the organization since the early 1980s. It was around this time that he said the two met, but Douglas already knew Price by his reputation. Still active in his community, Price has supported the revitalization of the neighborhood and has spoken on behalf of the voiceless. Douglas said when Price spoke people listened. He was someone who led by example, not by command.
“Because of the example of his life, it is really possible that you don’t have to love someone, but you can love everyone. You can see the humanity in everyone. You can learn from everyone, you can teach everyone from your own experience, ”said Douglas. “And the experiences people have are precious, regardless of their lifestyle, their wealth and, in particular, their poverty. They have the right to be heard.
Douglas said Price was very open-minded and open-minded, accepting everyone. He added that GBM suffers without the woman he calls their anchor, in spirituality and compassion.
“She was praying, she would build our hope and that made us stronger,” he said.
Price had worked for the organization for 30 years. Prior to becoming a member of its staff, Price volunteered for the organization. It was one of the many groups she defended. GBM reports that Price was also a member of Alabama Arise, Bread for the World, Alabama Council of Human Relations, Net Link, and Catholic Committee of the South.
Also on the Greater Birmingham Departments website, each employee has a quote. Price indicated Mahalia Jackson:
“If I can help someone while I’m traveling; if I can help someone with a word or a song… then my life will not be in vain.