COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was a historic weekend in Alabama as tens of thousands commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma demonstrations.
Early on Sunday morning, hundreds of Columbus residents loaded into five coach buses traveling more than 130 miles to Selma, AL.
The next stop: Selma, AL Once in Selma, t
he group stopped by the Historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church for a pre-march rally.
Notable speakers spoke to the masses including the Reverend Al Sharpton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Jessie Jackson.
Edward Kidd, a foot soldier, who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.
He said President Obama honored the foot soldiers during his trip to Selma.
"They shot tear gas on us, ran us over in horses, and they got mad at us because they wouldn't bite us," Kidd said.
Columbus State students were also at the rally. Th
ey feel the power of voting especially after visiting Selma.
The Muscogee County Democratic party organized the historic trip.