Daughter of Selma foot soldier takes part in Bloody Sunday, 50th march anniversary

Daughter of Selma foot soldier takes part in Bloody Sunday, 50th march anniversary

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In 1965, Reverend Jim Bryant of Marion, AL. marched from Selma to Montgomery after being present when Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed in Selma, sparking a movement in the small Alabama town.

Fifty years later, his daughter and grandson marched in his footsteps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights march.

"To have my son come down and march with me 50 years later, it was so beautiful," explains Corinne Bryant, of Columbus.

Bryant lived history last month, joining thousands of people in Selma. Her son, Jerome, captured the weekend through hundreds of pictures and videos.

"Marching from Selma to Montgomery it was so beautiful because I was with all different races of people and to singing and walking. I just felt the spirit of God out there with us and it was beautiful," says Bryant.

Bryant's brother Tommy was one of the original foot soldiers and traveled from New York to march again last month. He spoke with the different generations about his experiences.

"All ages. It was wonderful all of the different age groups," says Bryant.

History came full circle for the Bryant family having the opportunity to experience where Dr. King and the foot soldiers left off.

"Marching, it even wasn't in our mind about Bloody Sunday; it was more about voting rights and the people of today being unified," says Bryant.

Marchers, speakers, and performers commemorated the Voting Rights March in Montgomery Wednesday.

Marchers retraced the original route from the City of St. Jude to the Alabama State Capitol Wednesday ending in a 2-hour ceremony at the steps of the State Capitol.

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