Obama told the thousands during his speech at the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama which was about the racial progress in US that they are getting closer and the march is not finished yet.
The Americans who crossed the bridge were not physically imposing, but they gave courage to millions.
In the planned 50-mile journey on March 7, 1965 hundreds of people were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in order to protest racial discrimination and About 600 people participated.
State troopers used force and tear gas to push them back when the marchers approached of the bridge, while they were protesting discrimination that kept black people from voting. But as
He said that John Lewis is one of his heroes and it is a rare honor in the life to follow one of your heroes.
Obama told them also that because of men like John Lewis, Joseph Lowery, Hosea Williams, Amelia Boynton, Diane Nash, Ralph Abernathy, CT Vivian, Andrew Young, Fred Shuttles worth, Dr King, and so many more, the idea of a fair, inclusive and generous America ultimately triumphed.
This idea held by generations who believed that America is working in progress constantly and believed that loving their country needs lots of things. It needs the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what’s right and shake up the status quo.