Sometimes singing old civil rights songs and led by a mix of old and younger civil rights activists, several thousand protesters marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, beginning a trek that will take them to Montgomery — again.
Some 47 years ago, on March 7, 1965, marchers crossed the same bridge on the way to Montgomery to protest for voting rights. They didn’t make it that day. Instead, they were attacked by police so savagely that the march had to be delayed.
The attack by police proved to be a seminal moment in the nation’s civil rights struggle. It sickened the nation and led Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Marchers who crossed the bridge Sunday are on a different — and some say very similar — mission: They want to bring pressure on Congress, state houses and the courts as they deal with the issues of illegal immigration and voter ID legislation. (Birmingham News)