Selma Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Historic Civil Rights March
The year before I graduated high school the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing by civil rights activates took place. It was a dramatic event in civil rights history that lead to many changes for the rights of African-American in the United States.
On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma.
Although I did not take any of the above photos, the memory of these event remain vivid in my mind.
The above photos were taken from my Zimbio Alert email and photographed by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America