Today (Sunday) marks the 52nd anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma. On March 7, 1965, blacks were attacked by police! Why? Because we launched a march across the bridge en route to Montgomery seeking
something that was due to us already as American citizens! Now listen closely y’all! Blacks were ALREADY given the right to vote on February 3, 1870 by the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. While this amendment was created to give all blacks this American freedom, the South in particular unfairly limited voting by enforcing literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles. The voting blocks put in place in the South remained there for almost a century! So, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated tests, fees and other unfair obstacles and allowed the majority of blacks in the South to register to vote. The march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma is credited with helping build momentum for passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. That violent episode that took lives and hurt many became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
We should remember it always. Pass it down to your children and their childrens children! The lesson for all of us is that freedom is a fight! And that it only maintained by our awareness of the devils schemes, diligence and dedication to righteousness! Today republicans are still trying to stop blacks from voting, we have this march to remind us of the necessity of activism. We salute those that fought and died and to those that bled in the streets for us to have a better life today! Clap for em!