Travelers to Selma hope trip will promote change - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Travelers to Selma hope trip will promote change

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Around 600 civil rights marchers were attacked as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 7, 1965.

Fifty years later, thousands of people gathered near the bridge in remembrance of the day activists protested the right to vote.

Among those thousands — a bus load of people from Memphis who are happy to finally say they've made it to Selma, Alabama.

"Everybody's excited. We've been staying here for a very long time," said Bernice Martin.

President Barack Obama spoke in Selma for the anniversary of Bloody Sunday; greeted by cheers.

"It's not just a moment in time where we just come and celebrate, but it's time for us to renew our energy around this," added Martin.

Binoculars in hand, cell phones held out, many people got their best view of the president from the crowd, which included bus loads of people from Memphis.

"They marched as Americans who had endured hundreds of years of brutal violence, countless daily indignities, but they didn't seek special treatment — just the equal treatment promised to them almost a century before," said President Obama.

The cheering crowd is now preparing to take part in a re-enactment March across this bridge on Sunday.

Martin added, "It's getting me what I need to go back and re-energize the people in Memphis."

To follow WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin's trip to Selma, click here to read his live blog

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