Fifty years ago in March 1965, marchers sought to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in an effort to achieve the right to register to vote. The first attempt is remembered as Bloody Sunday because the peaceful protest evolved in to law enforcement beating marchers with billy clubs and blood ran in the streets. The second attempt –referred to as Turnaround Tuesday — occurred two days later. The third and successful attempt occurred weeks later with a March from Selma to Montgomery, having gained the attention of and federalized protection from President Lyndon Johnson.
My son and I had the privilege to experience Bloody Sunday commemoration on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.
The day began early with church service at First Baptist Church Selma. There we experienced Sunday School and Morning Worship. Down the street crowds also gathered at historic Brown Chapel, seating was limited there and many experienced that worship via Jumbotron.
After grabbing a memorable fish-plate from a vendor, we headed downtown. The crowd was massive. The streets were shoulder to shoulder. We made our way to join the pilgrimage crossing the bridge. I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Photos of the day are below. Also are links to three YouTube videos offering sights and sounds of the events.