Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Atlanta newspaper travel story notes importance of Selma

A travel story in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution relates the history of the Selma March of 1965 and some of the landmarks of that march which are still available to those who want to see them:

The events of March 1965, however, left a more residual mark on this small city in the heart of Dixie. One hundred years after the Confederacy lost the “Battle of Selma,” nonviolent protesters determined to gain equal access to the voting booth staged a march to Montgomery that met violent resistance at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The images broadcast worldwide forever ingrained the term “Bloody Sunday” in the national conscience. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the ensuing peaceful march to the state capital, which ended up turning the tide of American history. Edifices of this glorious and infamous past remain intact, including that famous bridge. The highway into town from Montgomery — U.S. 80 — is now a National Historic Trail.

(Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta (right) are among those leading the Selma march for voting rights. Associated Press photo)

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