Obama marks 50 years since ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma
Speaking in Alabama, US President Barack Obama has said civil rights was just “one leg in our long journey toward freedom.” Thousands gathered in Selma to mark an important milestone in the nation’s civil rights history.
On the 50th anniversary of a police assault on civil rights protesters, the first black US president said demonstrators had “proved that nonviolent change is possible – that love and hope can conquer hate.”
During the “Bloody Sunday” protest march of March 7, 1965, many in a crowd of 600 were beaten bloody by state troopers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge leading from Selma, Alabama, toward the state capital, Montgomery.
“There are places and moments in America where this nation’s destiny have been decided,” Obama said Saturday, including the bridge on that list. “It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills,” he added.
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