AG, Wallace’s Daughter Celebrate Selma Anniversary

March 9th, 2009 - 9:26 pm ICT by GD  

Peggy Wallace Kennedy celebrated the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march 44 years after the state troopers from her father’s administration assaulted marchers on their landmark walk.

The daughter of Gov. George C. Wallace, who was the nation’s first black attorney general introduced Attorney General Eric Holder at the historic Selma church packed with onlookers. She said, “It’s reconciliation and redemption,” on the occasion.

The annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee at Selma, celebrated to remember the 1965 march for voting rights saw the participation of civil rights stalwarts Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Joseph Lowery alongside the Attorney General and members of the Congress including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, who was part of the original assaulted march 44 years ago. A thousand people walked to commemorate the march.

Holder and Wallace Kennedy could not hold back their emotions at the Brown Chapel AME Church at Selma where marchers met on March 7, 1965 to begin their 50-mile march to Montgomery.

A few blocks later state troopers rained on them, assaulting them on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, after which the day came to be known as Bloody Sunday. The march was later completed under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr, and led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act, that paved the way for the blacks to vote, ending an all-white government. Selma’s black mayor said on the occasion that Barack Obama, the nation’s first black President, has truly fulfilled the marchers’ dreams. Wallace Kennedy said “I knew their cause was just,” while she watched the marchers as a child.

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