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RNC Statement On 52nd Anniversary Of The Historic March Across Selma

Team GOP - March 7, 2017

Today marks the 52nd Anniversary of the historic march across Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. As the nation watched from their television sets, marchers who were led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were met by violent opposition from state and local authorities. On March 7, unarmed activists were injured by police and that day has since been known as one of the most brutal assaults against protestors in American history, and referred to as "Bloody Sunday".

The events of that day were historic – eventually leading to the passage of Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. 

“As we remember the tragic events that transpired on that horrific day 52 years ago, we honor the men and women who marched tirelessly and helped to raise awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters and the need for legislation ensuring their right to vote,” said Chairwoman McDaniel. 

The Republican Party fought for passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960’s and continues to support proactive measures that ensures no individual is discriminated against. We will continue to ensure all Americans have equal and fair access to the rights endowed by our Constitution.

Today marks the 52nd Anniversary of the historic march across Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. As the nation watched from their television sets, marchers who were led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were met by violent opposition from state and local authorities. On March 7, unarmed activists were injured by police and that day has since been known as one of the most brutal assaults against protestors in American history, and referred to as "Bloody Sunday".

The events of that day were historic – eventually leading to the passage of Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. 

“As we remember the tragic events that transpired on that horrific day 52 years ago, we honor the men and women who marched tirelessly and helped to raise awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters and the need for legislation ensuring their right to vote,” said Chairwoman McDaniel. 

The Republican Party fought for passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960’s and continues to support proactive measures that ensures no individual is discriminated against. We will continue to ensure all Americans have equal and fair access to the rights endowed by our Constitution.


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