49th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” today in Selma

bridge crossing jubilee

Thousands of people will gather in downtown Selma Sunday to honor the 49th anniversary of a culminating moment in the quest for voting rights.

The annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorates the “Bloody Sunday” beating of voting rights marchers  by law enforcement officers as they attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Outrage over the melee helped galvanize support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and NAACP board member William Barber are among the speakers at this year’s events.

The celebration ends with a re-enactment march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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