Hundreds trek to Selma on buses to march across Edmund Pettus bridge

Hundreds trek to Selma on buses to march across Edmund Pettus bridge

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.

First the group stopped in Montgomery for breakfast at the Farmers Market. 

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.

"I felt that our ancestors fought for this so why wouldn't you use your voice to vote to make a difference and a change in your community," Kia Taylor said.

Then we marched across the Edmund Pettus bridge, joining tens of thousands of others marching to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the March from Selma to Montgomery.

The Muscogee County Democratic party organized the historic trip.

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