Courage and Strength in Numbers
March 7, 2015 marks 50 years since what many call: “Bloody Sunday”. On Sunday March 7, 1965 over 500 courageous Americans began walking from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in order to protest against racial discrimination in voter registration. As these people were concluding their march, which ended on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Montgomery, Alabama, State Troopers began utilizing tear gas and bodily force to pressure them back onto the bridge. This violent scene was captured in photographs and videos that surprised and shocked the American nation. This day became known as “Bloody Sunday” as Americans watched the violence unfold.
In honor of these brave Americans and the 50th Anniversary of that day The President and the First Family, Representative John Lewis, and thousands of Americans walked over that bridge in Montgomery, Alabama. After the commemorative march, the President and Representative both spoke about the emotional day in 1965 and the heroic people that changed the United States forever.