Looking back at Selma, ahead to bridges yet to cross

Approximately 1,500 people gathered locally for a march to remember and honor the 1965 Selma civil rights marches and to inspire people to continue to work for equality and justice.The march was called “Crossing Bridges: Selma to Minnesota.” It symbolically crossed the Cedar Street bridge over I-94. Fifty years ago, the first of three Selma voting rights marches was met with brutal resistance as marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The Rev. Martin Luther King responded by calling on people of all faiths from across the country to come to Selma to support a second march. The third march went from Selma to the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. The marches played a major role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.The crowd gathered at the Capitol Sunday and walked a half mile down Cedar Street to Central Presbyterian for an interfaith service. Continue Reading