Sunday, February 15, 2015

the Edmund Pettus bridge

I have driven through Selma, Alabama several times over the years and as I crossed this bridge I have always thought about the march to Montgomery that began here in 1965 and was part of the civil rights movement.  Today I stopped, got out of the car and walked across the bridge.  And back, again.    The bridge is not big nor is it long but it is important to our history as a nation.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of that eventful march.  Celebrations are planned here in March to honor those who quietly and with determination walked the fifty or so miles to Montgomery to ask for voting rights.  But it's so much more.  The original walk to Montgomery took four days and the walkers camped along the way.  It was a turbulent time in the South.  Some say, this is where "the movement" began.  I stopped at the highest point on the bridge and gazed into the waters of the Alabama River.....lost in thought.  Just thinking.

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