Bridge Crossing Jubilee - Selma, AL
Today I went with 14 other UA College Democrats to Selma, Alabama.
48 years ago, in 1965, marchers took to the streets to protest the exclusion of African-Americans from the voting process by marching from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. They were met with violent force from state troopers while trying to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge, and the occasion is now remembered as “Bloody Sunday.”
Just like those brave folks, we walked from Brown Chapel to the foot of the bridge - though our journey differed in that we passed through a security checkpoint and then stood around for quite some time. After a while we heard from several local officials and civil rights leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Martin Luther King III.
Then Vice President Biden spoke. He expressed his admiration and appreciation of the brave men and women who marched 48 years ago and reminded us that there is still work to be done. He talked about how he was involved in a small way with the movement back then and now wonders “Why wasn’t I there?”
We followed VP Biden, the other officials, and a sizable Congressional delegation across the Edmund Pettus bridge, singing “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome” and all those great songs. It was a moving experience, and I look forward to going back for at least the next three years.