Thousands of people were in Selma, Alabama on Sunday to reenact the march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge on the 53rd anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”.
A group of college students from Penn State University were among the thousands who marched across the bridge. Lydia Bundy says she will never forget her experience visiting Selma and what it represents in civil rights history.
“It almost feels surreal. We watched the movie Selma on our way here, so seeing the movie and coming to the place where it happened – it’s overwhelming,” Bundy said. “And actually getting to meet people who actually experienced Bloody Sunday is amazing.”
In 1965, African Americans seeking voting right marched across the bridge in Selma and were attacked by police. The violent event became known as “Bloody Sunday”. The march was instrumental in helping the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Instead of taking spring break, seven students from Xavier University in Cincinnati drove from Ohio to Alabama. Sarah Denhart is a student who says their purpose is to do a social project about civil rights.
“And that is why we came, and it’s incredible to be part of this history, to hear and to see how many lives have been changed by this,” Denhart said. “And how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.”
Civil Rights pioneers Reverend Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis also participated in Sunday’s march.