I was humbled and honored to travel with a group of about 60 of us from St. Mark UMC to Selma, Alabama yesterday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was a beautiful spring day with about 80,000 happy, proud folks in attendance. There was a rally featuring the “dignitaries” at Brown Chapel AME, there were arts and crafts, and t-shirts and gifts, Thelma from “Good Times;” more fried foods, home cooking and barbecue than you could shake a corn dog at, and most importantly – the march of remembrance and celebration across that bridge in the footsteps of those courageous, non-violent and determined men, women and children 50 years before.
As I got ready to march across the historic span at the top of the bridge, I bowed my head and said a prayer of thanks for those people whose steps had paved the way for this moment; and I thanked God for the opportunity I had been given to participate in such a moving and monumental event.
No one could’ve ever imagined #Selma50 in 1965. We’ve come so far. Too far to stop or back up. Let’s keep it going.
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