On March 7, 1965 — 56 years ago — the late John Lewis led one of the most pivotal demonstrations in American Civil Rights history. Now, in 2021, political leaders and social justice advocates are remembering that day as they continue the fight against racial inequality and work to end voter suppression.
"Fifty-six years after Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet over," tweeted former President Barack Obama Sunday morning. "There are more steps to be taken, more bridges to be crossed."
On that March day in 1965, Lewis and more than 600 marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge along Route 80 in Selma, Alabama. The group, which included activists Amelia Boynton Robinson and Hosea Williams, was subsequently attacked by state troopers in an act of violence that would come to be known as "Bloody Sunday." Read more...More about Bloody Sunday, Culture, Web Culture, and Activism