On this day in 1965, the nation watched as peaceful civil rights demonstrators were savagely beaten by police as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., a bloody sacrifice that historians credit with helping to usher in the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act days later.
Fifty years later, with the nation embroiled in a fresh debate about race in America, the country’s first black president joined a bipartisan congressional delegation and tens of thousands of marchers at the foot of the iconic civil rights landmark to commemorate a day that forever altered the landscape of American history.
“There are places, and moments in America where this nation’s destiny has been decided,” President Obama told the sea of people who had stood for hours to hear him pay tribute to the day known as Bloody Sunday. “Many are sites of war – Concord and Lexington, Appomattox and Gettysburg. Others are sites that symbolize the daring of America’s character – Independence Hall and Seneca Falls, Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral.”
“Selma is such a place,” he added.
A Global Delegation including the Southern Movement Assembly, Preventive Health Advocates, members of Youth Assembly and Project South embarked on a 3 day journey to Montgomery to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The trip included community speakers, guest speakers, and a Backwards March merging into the Bridge at the 88th mile marker.
-Women Watch Afrika-
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