50 Year Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

LAUREN SULLIVAN

President Obama gives a speech in Selma.

In 1965, three Selma to Montgomery marches were made as part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement which led to the the Voting Rights Act being passed that year. This was a landmark federal achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.

50 years later, last week, on March 7th, thousands of people swarmed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to commemorate this day this some in song, some in prayer and some with locked arms.

Police said there were between fifteen and twenty thousand people on the bridge. Many important government officials were there as such as president Obama and former President Bush, which is not surprising considering what this day means in our country’s history.