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Sunday, March 6, 2005

Forty years after Selma's 'Bloody Sunday.'

Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of a brutal attack on African Americans marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. "Bloody Sunday," which shocked white Americans when television footage of the attacks was shown on the evening news, led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and significant changes in American politics.

Unitarian Universalists also mark the 40th anniversary of the murders of James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo, who had gone to Selma to join the civil rights march following Bloody Sunday. I wrote about them for UU World in 2001, when UU World published Martin Luther King Jr's long-lost eulogy for Reeb.

Among the articles covering the anniversary this week: "Hard-Won Victory of Civil Rights Revisited" (Christian Science Monitor 3.7.05), "Songs of Freedom Fill Selma" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3.7.05), and "South Was Remade by Ordeal in Selma" (Richmond Times Dispatch 3.6.05). See also the article about two of James Reeb's granddaughters who are visiting Selma this week to remember his life and death: "Living History" (Jenni Dillon, Casper Star Tribune 3.3.05).

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 6 March 2005 at 10:12 PM

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March 10, 2005 09:13 PM | Permalink for this comment

The state trooper who fatally shot Jimmy Lee Jackson in Marion, Alabama, in 1965 talks at great length to Sojourners magazine. (The print version of the interview is much shorter; see "Who Killed Jimmy Lee Jackson?", John Fleming, Sojourners 4.05.)

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