Thursday, March 18, 2010

isn't it crazy how far we've come (on race relations) in 45 years?

Or the flip side: Doesn't it seem crazy, now, to consider how ridiculous things were in the 1960s?

From the AP (hat tip: C-J)...

Georgia Congressman John Lewis strolled to the middle of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday and remembered the incident 45 years ago when he and other marchers were beaten on the day known as "Bloody Sunday" [by Alabama state troopers]....

Marchers were a few blocks into their Selma-to-Montgomery march on March 7, 1965, when they were beaten by troopers on the bridge.

The march was later completed under federal protection, with Martin Luther King Jr. leading it. It led to passage of the Voting Rights Act, which opened Southern polling places to blacks and ended all-white government....

Lewis is a mess politically, but a legitimate hero for the Civil Rights movement from back in the day.


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