'Bloody Sunday' anniversary weekend comes to a close - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Bloody Sunday' anniversary weekend comes to a close

Attendees signing a banner as the weekend civil rights tour came to an end. (Photo Source: Kelli Meade) Attendees signing a banner as the weekend civil rights tour came to an end. (Photo Source: Kelli Meade)
SELMA, AL (WMC) -

Thousands of people packed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Sunday to commemorate the day in history that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Bloody Sunday. 

It was a life-changing weekend experience for thousands of people, who say it was needed.

“Just every unimaginable act that these people suffered and endured just for us to be able to have that opportunity to vote, it just says to me that we must fight on and the work continues,” Felicia Lee said.

Groups from across the country stopped at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham on Friday, then got a chance to hear President Barack Obama speak on Saturday before marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday.

Attendees also stopped in Montgomery, Alabama to pose outside the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once lived. They also sat inside the church where Dr. King had his first ministry as a pastor.

“This weekend was monumental for me,” said Memphian Robert Mems.

It was a powerful Civil Rights tour that, many say, was the start of much more to come; part of continuing the work is making sure people understand the importance of voting.

“Tears of joy that if they did it, we yet can do it in 2015,” said Lee.

A year that many hope will bring about change.

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