March 7th, 2012
“Even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause, too, because it is not just Negroes but really it is all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.” – President Lyndon Johnson speech to Congress on March 15, 1965, spurred by the events of Bloody Sunday to present what would later become the Voting Rights Act
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
If you’re younger than 50, you probably never heard
This traditional poem with the original word.
But lest you the reality of racism doubt,
Tigers aren’t what it was originally about.
Things are better now, but there’s more work to do
If we want future generations to have voting rights too.
Here’s an excellent original song (with accompanying images) about the “Bloody Sunday” march by singer-songwriter Will King. The author is donating all proceeds from the song to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, so I heartily encourage you to click here and buy it.
Here’s Tamryn Hall’s 3/07/12 report on Bloody Sunday and the continuing fight for voter rights.
Here’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s 3/05/12 report, including part of President Johnson’s speech in Congress.
Here’s Rep. John Lewis, who marched on Bloody Sunday, talking about it on the 40th anniversary.
Here’s an old NBC report on pre-Voting Rights Act efforts to limit black voter registration. Is that what we want to go back to?
Here are Rev. Al’s 3/01/12 and 3/05/12 reports on the march this year to again fight the fight for voting rights.
NB: I posted this at 4:00 p.m., because that’s the approximate time at which the marchers arrived at the Edmund Pettus bridge, and were subsequently attacked by police, according to the book Undaunted By The Fight: Spelman College And The Civil Rights Movement, 1957-1967 (here’s the ebook on Google Books).