A reenactment of a 1965 “Bloody Sunday” impetus opposite a Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was designed for Sunday as partial of a weekend of events commemorating a 50th anniversary of a branch indicate in a polite rights movement.
Some of those collected in Selma were also scheming to set out Monday on a impetus to Montgomery along a track that Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters walked in a arise of Bloody Sunday, a impetus that helped coax a 1965 Voting Rights Act.
President Barack Obama visited Selma on Saturday and, in confirmation of ongoing secular tragedy and attempts to extent voting rights, announced a work of a U.S. polite rights transformation modernized though unfinished.
“Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, a impetus is not nonetheless finished, though we’re removing closer,” pronounced Obama, a initial black boss of a United States, as he stood nearby a bridge.
The anniversary comes during a time of renewed concentration on secular disparities in a United States and annoy over law enforcers’ diagnosis of black civilians, among them 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose murdering by a white military officer in Ferguson, Missouri, final year sparked widespread protests.
On Friday, Tony T. Robinson Jr., a 19-year-old black male who seemed to be unarmed was shot passed by a white military officer in Madison, Wisconsin, sparking protests there.
U.S. Representative John Lewis, who led a impetus opposite a overpass 50 years ago and was knocked out by a state trooper’s beating, told NBC’s “Meet a Press” on Sunday that what happened that day had led to durability changes in polite rights.
“When we go back, we remember a overpass for me is roughly a dedicated place,” a Georgia Democrat said. “That’s where some of us gave a small blood and where some people roughly died.
“What happened on that overpass has altered America forever.” (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Additional stating by Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Gareth Jones)