Five decades after the historic civil-rights confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, President Barack Obama led the 50th anniversary march on Saturday March 7th to celebrate the event. The 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery resulted in a violent and bloody confrontation with Selma police and State Troopers.
To commemorate the event, the president made a powerful speech addressing America’s voting rights and how some progress have been achieved. He went on to say there is still much more to do as there is still some form of assaults on voting rights.
The president was joined by First Lady, Michelle Obama, their two girls, Sasha and Malia, as well as former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura. Other people who participated at the march are U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, faith leaders, some of the original foot soldiers from 1965, as well as about 100 congress members.
Selma, the film produced by Oprah Winfrey and others and features Nigerian-born British actor David Oyelowo as the main character, was inspired by this event. Oyewole played the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the brave activist that led the group in the march that resulted to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. The Act made it easy for black Americans to register and vote.
The Obama girls looked very stylish in their outfit as they celebrate one of the most historic moment in the lives of African Americans.
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