Washington DC, 7 March 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) Vice President, Kamala Harris recently released a statement on the 58th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
In the statement, she honored the brave people who marched on that fateful day and acknowledged their legacy.
Vice President said that she was inspired by the courage and strength of those 600 souls who marched in Selma, Alabama.
Also, their actions were a powerful reminder of the importance of exercising our right to vote and how far we have come in achieving equal voting rights.
It is a testament to the determination of all those who pushed for civil rights and a more inclusive society.
On March 7, 1965, approximately 600 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in protest of the disenfranchisement of African-American voters.
In response to the peaceful protest, Alabama state troopers brutally attacked the protesters. This event, known as “Bloody Sunday,” sparked national outrage and furthered the civil rights movement.
Thus, the success of the march eventually led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which abolished discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests, poll taxes, and registration obstacles for African-Americans.
To mention, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was signed into law later that year guaranteed the right of African Americans to vote in national elections.
Moreover, it also paved the way for broader civil rights reforms, allowing millions of Americans access to the ballot box.
In a nutshell, the historic march in Selma and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act was important moment in the history of civil rights in America.
It was a momentous step forward in achieving true equality for all citizens and guaranteed that everyone has the right to participate in democracy.
To conclude, the Vice President’s remarks highlighted the importance of remembering this historic event, as it serves as a reminder of the progress we can make when we come together with a common purpose.