Obama to join ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and about 100 members of Congress are converging on Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights movement.
The nation’s first black president will speak in Selma on Saturday to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the day in 1965 when police attacked marchers demonstrating for voting rights.
The violence preceded the Selma-to-Montgomery march, which occurred two weeks later. Both helped build momentum for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act later that year.
Thousands of people attend the annual observance of the anniversary, and organizers expect an even larger crowd this year.
First lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush also plan to attend.