This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,’ a civil rights march in which protestors were violently beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma.
On Saturday, President Barack Obama, politicians, civil right activists and tens of thousands of people gathered at historical sight in remembrance of the “Bloody Sunday” march of 1965 and take stock of the struggle for equality.
Obama told the crowd before taking a symbolic walk across part of the Edmund Pettus Bridge:
So much of our turbulent history — the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war, the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow, the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher — met on this bridge.
Notable attendees included: First Lady Michelle Obama and Melia and Sasha Obama; Rep. John Lewis (the youngest and is the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, a group led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.); George W. Bush and Laura Gush; Dick Gregory; Jesse Jackson; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; civil rights leader Xernona Clayton; Kelly Price; Estelle; Flavor Flav and others.
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