VP Joe Biden to Commemorate Black History Month with Trip to Selma, Alabama

4798Vice President Joe Biden will commemorate Black History Month with a trip to Selma, Ala., where he will participate in the annual ceremonial crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, The Root reported Friday.  
The vice president will also attend the Martin and Coretta King Unity Brunch.

The annual bridge crossing is held the first weekend every March to commemorate "Bloody Sunday" -- the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.,  to protest the killing of civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson by an Alabama state trooper. As hundreds of protesters reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, state troopers fired tear gas into the crowd. Many protesters were badly beaten, and seventeen were hospitalized. 

A second wave of protesters, organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., returned two days later, but a restraining order issued by a federal judge stopped them again from crossing the bridge. Two weeks later, that decision was overturned, and protesters -- galvanized by the brutal images from the initial march -- proceeded to Birmingham, Ala. 

The White House has prioritized outreach to the African-American community in recent days, with President Obama taping three radio interviews with black radio hosts. The president also met Thursday with African-American leaders at the White House for a discussion of the economy, sequestration and education.

Source: The Hill | Justin Sink
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