It was this week in 1965 that thousands walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama…with the intention of demanding their right to vote. Instead, they were met with police officers who brutally beat them. Dubbed "Bloody Sunday," the horrific incident was followed weeks later with Dr. Martin Luther King and thousands of civil rights protesters marching again from Selma to Montgomery, which prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act.
This past weekend, however, there was no incitement – just unity - as thousands of people flocked together to remember that fateful day. Each year on the first weekend of March, people gather to commemorate the historic event in 1965. But also this year? Politics, as a number of Democratic candidates with their eye on 2020 also joined in.
Among them, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Reverend Jesse Jackson was also there and on hand as Mrs. Clinton received the International Unity Award during the Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott KingUnity Breakfast in Selma. In addition to receiving the award, Clinton was inducted into the National Voting Rights Museum Women's Hall of Fame.
Source: The Hill
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