It was 44 years ago when Governor George Wallace ordered state troopers to beat marchers who participated in the March 7, 1965, voting rights march. Now, Wallace’s daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, not only introduced the first Black attorney general, Eric Holder, in a commemoration ceremony of that landmark event but the two embraced in an effort to show how far we’ve come. Holder spoke at Brown Chapel AME Church where marches once organized to begin the 50-mile walk to Montgomery, Alabama, according to the Associated Press. The Selma annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee brought out a thousand people including Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton. The march is the reason for the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which opened Southern polling place to Blacks.—WLW
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