On Saturday, March 7, thousands of marchers, government officials and other public figures gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the March from Selma to Montgomery, and the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This March reflected on a brutal police assault on civil rights demonstrators that spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Among them were several members of DeKalb Christian Home Educators, a local DeKalb County homeschool support group.
“The movie inspired me to go. [Being here] really helped solidify the story,” said Michelle Shaw, the coordi-nator of DeKalb Christian Home Educators. Shaw, who traveled with her two girls to Selma, met up with other members from her home school group.
Several events took place from March 5-9 including Civil and Human Rights Workshops, the Bridge Cross-ing Jubilee-Parade, Battle of the Bands, a step show and ending with Selma to Montgomery Re-enactment March.
“We spent the night in Montgomery, Alabama. We went to a step show [Friday] night at a community college and we were able to ride across the bridge,” said Shaw.
President Barack Obama and the First Family were among the thousands of Americans in Selma, Alabama to honor the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who bled there in 1965. “First and foremost, we have to recognize that one day’s commemoration, no matter how special, is not enough. If Selma taught us anything, it’s that our work is never done,” said Obama during a speech he gave on Saturday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Although it was very crowded and they didn’t get to do everything they planned, Shaw explained that it was important for her and her girls to be there.
“The girls got out of the car and got to see the president riding by in his car. The idea of being with the crowd of people to [commemorate an historic event] was important.”
- Deanna Cauthen