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50 Years ago yesterday in Selma, Alabama, it was a “Bloody Sunday” for many African-Americans – Tola Adenle

March 8, 2015

USA


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In a speech that recalls many historical events, President Obama put Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965 in its proper place among “sites that symbolize the daring of America’s character — Independence Hall and Seneca Falls, Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral”, and declares that “Selma is such a place”:

“There are places, and moments in America where this nation’s destiny has been decided,” Obama told the crowd. “Many are sites of war — Concord and Lexington, Appomattox and Gettysburg … Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer.”

“The Americans who crossed this bridge were not physically imposing. But they gave courage to millions. They held no elected office. But they led a nation …
“We are capable of bearing a great burden,” James Baldwin wrote, “once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.”
For we were born of change. We broke the old aristocracies, declaring ourselves entitled not by bloodline, but endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights …

“Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer. Two hundred and thirty-nine years after this nation’s founding, our union is not yet perfect. But we are getting closer. Our job’s easier because somebody already got us through that first mile. Somebody already got us over that bridge. When it feels the road’s too hard, when the torch we’ve been passed feels too heavy, we will remember these early travelers, and draw strength from their example …”

FULL TEXT OF OBAMA’S SPEECH: See Link Below.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Marian Robinson, John Lewis, Amelia Boynton

Photo Credit: Huffington Post which describes Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights major event as Obama’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’.

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The Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama

It was at above bridge that civil rights marchers, leaders among whom was U.S. Representative John Lewis – Democrat from Georgia, were violently attacked and bloodied. It was a big moment in the Civil Rights fight. The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, would follow.

Here are a few images from across the U.S.A. of marchers from a different era who joined hands yesterday in solidarity with those who went to march across The Bridge of Infamy yesterday.


U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. Also pictured are first lady Michelle Obama (L), U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) (2nd L), former first lady Laura Bush (2nd R) and former president George W. Bush (R). The event comes on the 50th anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ march at the

Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama Jacquelyn Martin

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk near the Edmund Pettus Bridge as he and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in Selma, Ala., Saturday, March 7, 2015, for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a landmark event of the civil rights movement. This weekend marks the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,’ a civil rights march in which protestors were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) acknowledges the crowd after remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. The remarks come on the 50th anniversary of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ march at the bridge, where police and state troopers beat and used tear gas against peaceful marchers who were advocating against racial discrimination at the voting booth. Former President G.W. and Mrs. Bush are to the left. Jonathan Ernst, Reuters

U.S. President Obama acknowledges the crowd after remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

In solidarity with Selma, hundreds cross Brooklyn Bridge
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People take photos at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 2015 in Selma, Alabama (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
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A man passes out programs wearing a “Keep The Dream,” jacket as setup begins for the 50th Anniversary March over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Friday, March. 6, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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FULL TEXT OF OBAMA’S SPEECH:
http://emotanglobal.com/2015/03/08/selma-is-one-of-the-places-that-symbolize-the-daring-of-americas-character-full-text-of-obamas-speech-at-50th-anniversary-of-bloody-sunday/

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015. 1:10 p.m. [GMT]

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