Monday, March 22, 2010

Remembering Selma...

"Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.
But the scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadows, keeping watch above His own"

45 years ago today, thousands were engaged in a 5 day and 4 night march, covering 54 miles between Selma and Montgomery Alabama. This was their third attempt. The first attempt, on March 7th, is now remembered as "Bloody Sunday", when Alabama State Troopers attacked the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on the Edmund Pettis Bridge. The second attempt was on March 9th, but the marchers then went only as far as the Edmund Pettis Bridge where they held a prayer service before turning back. Their third attempt began on March 21st at the Brown Chapel in Selma and ended on March 25th on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery... Once there, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered this speech, "God's truth is marching on"...

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