Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#NewsBham- President Obama to Visit Selma for Bloody Sunday Anniversary

Photo: Matt Michrina
According to the White House, President Barack Obama will visit Selma, March 7th, for the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state and to highlight the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

March 7 marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers were met by Alabama State Troopers, at the behest of then Governor George Wallace, at the Edmond Pettus Bridge. The brutal response from law enforcement, as well as white vigilante gangs, which left hundreds of marchers severely beaten and Rev. James Reeb, a civil rights worker from Boston,dead, helped shine a light on the plight of black Americans and played a pivotal role in passage of the Voting Rights Act. 

The Obamas also recently hosted a private screening of "Selma" for the movie's cast and crew.