Kamala Harris commemorates Bloody Sunday in Selma

SELMA, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Over the weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris was in Selma to commemorate the 59th annual Bloody Sunday Memorial March.  

She, along with several guest speakers, remembered the fight for freedom that was fought in Selma years ago. 

“Shoulder to shoulder, they marched for the freedoms that were theirs by birth and theirs by right,” Harris told the crowd. “The freedom to vote, the freedom to live without fear of violence or intimidation, the freedom to be full and equal members of our nation.” 

The annual bridge crossing is to memorialize the infamous march for Black voting rights in 1965. Thousands of people marched from Selma to Montgomery to stand up for their rights. Once they arrived, they were attacked while walking across the bridge. 

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“They were forced to retreat,” Harris said. “Yet, they would not be deterred, defeated, or denied.” 

Each year, people walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to symbolize the fight for civil rights and equality. People come from all over the country to march across it. 

“I’m 62 years old and I’ve never missed crossing this bridge. I started with my parents back in the day,” said Selma resident Alexanderr B. Austin. “People risk their lives to be able to vote, and now, I’m keeping that dream alive. I’m going to try every time I do.” 

Harris reminded the crowd that the bridge represents the struggle for freedom that many continue to face. 

“Freedom is fundamental to the promise of America. Freedom is not to be given. It is not to be bestowed. It is ours by right.” 

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Bridge Crossing.