SELMA, AL (WTAP) - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D – Ohio) helped commemorate the 54th anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing during this year's Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee.
The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee is a commemoration of "Bloody Sunday," which occurred March 7, 1965, when nearly 600 civil rights activists were brutally attacked by law enforcement while peacefully marching from Selma to Montgomery.
This was Brown's fifth trip to Selma to recognize Bloody Sunday.
He gave remarks during the Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast.
“The brave women and men who marched from Selma to Montgomery 54 years ago risked their lives to demand full and equal participation in our democracy,” said Brown.
“As we see the deliberate dismantling of voting rights all across the country today, it’s more important than ever that we honor those foot soldiers and continue to stand up for the rights they sacrificed so much for.”