ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Not many people know about the barber from Arkadephia who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in a crowd that included Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
Carl Daniels was about 18 years old when he joined a small group in Arkadelphia that traveled to Selma.
“Carl was one of five individuals that my dad took to the March on Selma in 1965,” Llewellyn Terry says.
Terry is a pastor and also a family friend to Carl Daniels. Daniels used to cut Terry’s hair when he was a boy.
“It’s good to know that we knew somebody that we could come and sit in the barbershop and listen to and talk to about the old stories of the civil rights movement,” Terry says.
On the MLK holiday, which celebrates the civil rights movement, the world lost a little-known pioneer of it.
Carl Daniels died on Monday, Jan. 21 at the age of 76.
“Here’s a day that we’re celebrating Dr. King…and so Carl is no longer here,” Terry says.
“And, so if there ever was a day for him to die, this was a great day.”
It may be the end of a life, but many hope it continues to inspire a movement that never goes out of style.
“We’ll miss Carl,” Terry says.
“We’ll miss what he stood for.”
There is one man who is still alive that was part of the group that traveled from Arkadelphia to Selma. He lives in Michigan.