Hall joins ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50th anniversary march | TheUnion.com

Hall joins ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50th anniversary march

Heidi Hall will join 250 adults and youth in Selma, Alabama for the start of a five-day march to Montgomery to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The 54-mile walk recreates the last of three marches organized that year.

Surviving members of the original march and civil rights activists and historians will give talks along the way.

The march will begin at the Brown A.M.E Church in Selma.

Three marches were organized in 1965 during the height of the civil rights movement to protest the continued disenfranchisement of the black vote.

Selma became the center of national attention when marchers committed to non-violent protest attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge and were brutally beaten by Alabama State Troopers.

Activists from across the country poured into Selma as reinforcements and the marches were allowed to be completed.

These actions significantly contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“This commemoration is an important and timely reminder of how far we have come to secure the voting rights of all U.S. citizens, and a reminder that we must stay vigilant. It is no accident that restrictive new voting requirements are being put in place today in many of the same States that resisted the original Act’s provisions,” said Hall, who writes a column published twice monthly by The Union. “All U.S. citizens have a constitutional right to equal treatment under the law and equal access to the ballot. We are all in this together.”

Hall, who ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 1 in 2014, said she is honored to have been chosen to participate in this commemoration and will be sharing her experience with others through pictures and posts.

Follow her journey on her Facebook page.

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