Participants will discuss what they learned on their 9-day trip to the South, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala.
‘Selma is Now’
Members of a Seattle-based group that just concluded a nine-day civil-rights pilgrimage to the Deep South will discuss their experiences in a public “program of reflection and engagement” this week.
Fifty-two adults and college students visited key sites in the civil-rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s, and met with some of the people who were there.
This was the third such trip organized by David Domke, chairman of the University of Washington Department of Communication, and also drew participants from Bellevue College and Utah State University.
The trip centered on the 50-year anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” — March 7, 1965 — when local and state lawmen attacked a group of 600 voting-rights marchers at a bridge outside Selma, Ala. Public reaction against the attack helped fuel the passage within months of the federal Voting Rights Act, increasing opportunities for African Americans to register to vote.
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Participants in the trip say they regard it not just as a history lesson, but a reminder to continue the quest for equality and justice.
The program is at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. “Selma is Now” is being presented by The Seattle Times, the University of Washington and the Seattle Public Library.