Located in SELMA, AL, and named for ALABAMA General/Lawyer/Senator KU KLUX KLAN Leader EDMUND WINSTON PETTUS, the EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE revealed the nature of racism in its most gruesome form.
Fifty years after BLOODY SUNDAY, more than 80,000 people converged on Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the anniversary of the shocking attack on peaceful marchers that led to the VOTING RIGHTS ACT Of 1965.
But the mood in Selma on March 7 and 8, 2015, was celebratory as thousands marched, danced and witnessed performances by stars such as Doug E. Fresh, Chris Tucker and BBD. For 48 hours in Selma, it appeared as if everything was right with the world and we had finally overcome.
However, reality can come down like a sledgehammer.
Today, Selma continues to struggle when it comes to equal pay and wealth distribution between Whites and Blacks. According to City-data.com, the median household income for Black families in Selma is only $17,675. Comparatively, the median household income for White families is $41,582. Most Blacks in Selma continue to struggle to break the chains of generational poverty, and that fact is painfully obvious as much of the town still looks like it was plucked straight from the 1960s.
On the national front, U.S. lawmakers have disrespected the legacy of Rev. Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr., Sen. JOHN LEWIS, and others in the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by failing to fix a glitch in the Voting Rights Act.
In 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the preclearance requirement that stopped states from changing voting laws under the Voting Rights Act without the approval of the Justice Department.
But now that the condition of preclearance has been removed, right-wing states are figuring out ways to suppress the Black and Latino vote.
Read on for more from ROLLING OUT Journalist A. R. SHAW as he speaks on President BARACK OBAMA And THE NEXT MOVEMENT After #SELMA50.