Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday; the pinnacle of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama, and an iconic day that directly influenced the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
On March 7th, 1965, roughly 600 leaders and supporters of the Civil Rights Movement attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, only to be met by a violent wall of police dogs, night sticks and tear gas.
This year, politicians, celebrities and citizens alike are coming together for a day of remembrance. The celebration is scheduled to include a speech from President Barack Obama, a reenactment of the march and a concert in celebration of its determination and success.
As one of the most celebrated marches of the Civil Rights Movement, the half-century anniversary is estimated to bring tens of thousands to the Alabama town to honor the historical day in American history.
Check out some of the local activist groups from across the country making the trek to Selma -- and their powerful reasons to commemorate the ceremony.
Infographic map made by Huffington Post's Alissa Scheller.
Asheville, North Carolina
"I'm going to Selma to give honor and homage to my ancestors, and people of my family who were there and all the great civil rights leaders we don't always hear about — so many remain nameless, but so many fought so hard to have the right to vote.”
Reeb’s oldest son John explains why he’s headed to Alabama, “My family are all going down to do what my dad didn’t do, and that’s finish the march.”
"We can do a lot in the classroom but you're connected to these stories in a new way when you're there," says VU history professor Heath Carter.
Of course, the rallies and reenacted marches will also be attended by about a hundred members of Congress as well as the First Family and President Barack Obama himself, who will make remarks at the commemoration ceremony.
Will you be in Selma for the iconic march's 50th anniversary? Tell us where you're traveling from in the comments below!
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