|Do You Like this Article? Then Like Us on Facebook.|
The first installation is titled "The House and Selma: Bridging History and Memory." It recalls the attempt by civil rights protesters demonstrating for Black voting rights to march across Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Their journey was aborted when they were brutally attacked by state and local police officers. It also details how that day, now remembered as Bloody Sunday, led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"Because of their sacrifice, we live in a more fair, more just society today. We must never, ever forget that many people struggled and died trying to register and vote in this country, and that our quest to build a true democracy in America is not done," said Lewis.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who participated with Lewis and Sewell on March 3 in the commemorative march to mark Bloody Sunday's 48th anniversary, said the site will preserve a "transformative period in American history for generations to come."
Click here to read more
Source: BET | Joyce Jones