Hudson, Congress recognize ‘Bloody Sunday’

50 years since 1st civil rights march on Selma

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the first civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama:

Photo courtesy http://civrights.wikispaces.com Amelia Boynton Robinson on 'Bloody Sunday' march across Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma in March 1964.

Photo courtesy http://civrights.wikispaces.com
Amelia Boynton Robinson on ‘Bloody Sunday’ march across Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma in March 1964.

“Today, our nation turns to Selma to pay tribute to hundreds of men and women who marched for their civil rights on ‘Bloody Sunday.’ I’m proud to support bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to these civil rights activists to honor their valiant struggle for justice and equal opportunity for all.”

On Feb. 11, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 431, legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the foot soldiers who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama voting rights marches. On Feb. 27, the U.S. Senate passed companion legislation and the bill now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

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