Biden marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order
His plan was announced during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciously beaten by state troopers as they tried to march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. The voting rights bill includes provisions to restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes. With his executive order, Biden is looking to turn the spotlight on the issue and is using the somber commemoration of Bloody Sunday to make the case that much is at stake. Bloody Sunday proved to be a turning point in the civil rights movement that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A never-before-seen effort to ignore, undermine and undo the will of the people.”AdBiden also paid tribute to the late civil rights giants Rev.
Bloody Sunday memorial honors late civil rights giants
The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee marks the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday — the day on March 7, 1965, that civil rights marchers were brutally beaten by law enforcement officers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Vivian, and attorney Bruce Boynton were the late civil rights leaders honored on Sunday. Footage of the beatings helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Let the people vote.”Lowery, a charismatic and fiery preacher, is often considered the dean of the civil rights veterans and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Organizers acknowledged the fallen civil rights leaders and planned to lay wreaths at the bridge in their honor.
Virtual event to mark the 56th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday"
Six years ago, then-President Obama and thousands of people marched hand in hand over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the brutal attacks protesters faced at the hands of Alabama state troopers as they demanded the right to vote. This Sunday, there will be no marching to commemorate the 56th anniversary of what became known as "Bloody Sunday." On March 7,1965, hundreds of peaceful protestors faced brutal attacks by Alabama state troopers. The assault aired on televisions across the nation, galvanizing the fight against racial injustice and prompting Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. In August of that same year, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.cbsnews.com
'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)LOS ANGELES The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called Lift Every Voice and Sing has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. The NAACP dubbed Lift Every Voice and Sing as the Black national anthem in 1919. Sharpton said the ability of Lift Every Voice and Sing enduring several generations speaks volumes. The NFL will play Lift Every Voice and Sing" before each game during Week 1, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. There's always been the controversy about race being involved in the national anthem.