Fifty years ago today, on March 7th, 1965, was "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama. This was the day when Civil Right activists were attacked by police officers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The marchers were planning to walk to Montgomery, the state capital, to protest the shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson and to continue their demands for voting rights legislation.
I've walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge twice. Once with my family and once with ACU students on the ACU Freedom Ride. Click on those links for pictures and more history about "Bloody Sunday."
Tomorrow I'll walk the bridge for a third time. Jana, the boys and I are driving to Selma today to participate, with thousands of others, in the bridge crossing on this the 50th anniversary weekend of "Blood Sunday."
While we are sad to miss today, because we're on the road, the speeches of Presidents Bush and Obama in Selma I'd rather catch a glimpse of John Lewis who is leading the march on Sunday.
John Lewis is a hero of mine.
And the struggle continues...