Thousands of people attend Selma's 50th anniversary

Thousands of people attend Selma's 50th Anniversary
(Source: Aaron Lee)
(Source: Aaron Lee)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – President Barack Obama commemorated an epic event Saturday with his family by his side as he addressed the crowd.

In Selma, AL on Saturday, 50,000 people came together on this historic day in Selma when peaceful protesters were violently attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

More than 100 members of Congress were seated as well as Martin Luther King's children, Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton.

The people on the stage included, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Congressman John Lewis, D-GA, who was a foot soldier in the march and Rep. Terri Sewell, the first African American Congresswoman in the state of Alabama.

President Obama spoke on the tremendous sacrifice of those who helped build and shape this country and the strength of America. He says it requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what is right, to shake up the status quo.

"If we want to honor the courage of those who marched that day, then all of us are called to possess their imagination. All of us will need to feel as they did the fierce urgency of now. All of us need to recognize as they did that change depends on our actions," President Obama said.

The President and hundreds more marched across the stage and it was indeed a great day to be an American in Selma.

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