As you may know, today our country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March in Selma, Ala. President Obama will speak at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and thousands will attend to hear him do so, including more than 100 Members of Congress.
I eagerly await his address. I’m sure he will remind the nation of the savagery and depravity of that day, and also remind us of the resilience and courage in the face of it.
Before you watch or listen to today’s events, read or watch two recent speeches that you may have missed: one by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, read to three white men before he sentenced them for the murder of an African American man, James Craig Anderson, in Jackson, Miss.; the other speech, from FBI Director James Comey for his talk about Law Enforcement and Race at Georgetown University.
Those speeches demonstrate why Selma is Now: to understand what our country has achieved–and what we must yet achieve.