Friday, March 6, 2015

SELMA - 50 years and counting and the march is still on

This weekend celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL march by activists to promote voting rights for all citizens of the state, specifically Black Americans who'd been hindered from registering through all kinds of ridiculous methods (having to answer correctly how many bubbles were in a bar of soap; how many pennies would a certain sized jar have held). Known as "Bloody Sunday", non-violent, unarmed marchers of all colors and religions were brutalized by White police officers and citizens on the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for a Confederate hero and KKK Grand Dragon!) which linked the two cities, and to halt their mission.Read about the history of the atrocity and the remembrance ceremony taking place this weekend.

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