Sasha, Malia and Michelle joined President Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday’ march, one of the defining moments of the struggle for civil rights in America.
The First Family of the United States spent their family time remembering those who fought so hard for racial equality 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama. Sasha, Malia and Michelle supported President Obama during his powerful speech and walked hand-in-hand with civil rights veterans across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor those who took part in the Selma march in 1965.
Selma 50th Anniversary: Sasha, Malia & Michelle Support President Obama
“Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished, but we’re getting closer,” President Obama said in a commanding speech in front of the Edmund Pettis Bridge on March 7.
Sasha, Malia and Michelle watched as the main man in their life spoke about the heroes who marched, fought and died for voting rights 50 years ago.
“First and foremost, we have to recognize that one day’s commemoration, no matter how special, is not enough,” Obama started off in his speech. “If Selma taught us anything, it’s that our work is never done. The American experiment in self-government gives work and purpose to each generation.”
“We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary Americans willing to endure billy clubs and the chastening rod, tear gas and the trampling hoof; men and women who despite the gush of blood and splintered bone would stay true to their North Star and keep marching toward justice,” he continued.
Michelle sweetly held her husband’s hand during the ceremony. Afterwards, the First Family walked with thousands across the bridge. George W. Bush, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Martin Luther King III were among the other notable attendees.
The city of Selma has long since been a notable marking on the United States map in terms of the historical fight equality. With the release of the critically-acclaimed film Selma in 2014, the city has once again been the subject of much conversation.
We applaud those who took part in the commemoration. President Obama is right — the fight for racial equality is not yet finished, but “we’re getting closer.”
— Avery Thompson