President Barack Obama and the First Family landed in Selma, Alabama on Saturday (March 7) in honor of Bloody Sunday, the day weary citizens courageously attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the KKK, segregation and voting rights discrimination that ended in bloodshed 50 years ago. As reported by The YBF , the Obamas joined forces with the likes of Michelle Obama‘s mother, Marian Robison, former crook President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush and veteran civil rights activists who were present during the original march on March 7, 1965.
Although Bush’s presence ruined the moment for a few people (according to TPM Livewire, one of the activists who helped organize Bloody Sunday refused to participate in the commemoration because the “Selma movement was about nonviolence and peace and democracy, and George Bush stands for just the opposite—for violence and war and stolen elections”), the attendees marched their way across the Edmund-Pettus Bridge, following in the footsteps of those brave soldiers who walked the same path all those years ago.
As they treaded the bridge hand-in-hand, the group sang “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,” and stopped midway to listen to Congressman John Lewis speak on both the horror and the triumph that took place on that historical day.
President Obama also said a few words at the event. Listen to his speech below.
Flip through the tabs for a look at a few photos from the tribute.
A prayer before Obama’s speech.
Sasha and Malia look excited (and cute).