Commemorating Bloody Sunday in Idaho Falls

March 7th, 2015 by

Although Black History Month was in February, there’s still one landmark event worth commemorating. March 8, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama, during the height of Civil Rights Movement in 1965.

Here in Idaho Falls, the Unitarian Universalist Church is taking the time to commemorate this historic event. The march will be open to the public and will be held across the Broadway Bridge, only 2 miles from the Ron Sayer's Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The march will be held from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, the same time that participants are marching in Selma, Alabama.  The President and his family will also join thousands of others in Alabama to remember this event.

The Selma to Montgomery marches were an important moment not only for the African American community during 1960s, it was also a groundbreaking moment for the entire United States. A year after the protesters made the march in a movement to fight for the right to register black voters, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed.

The Voting Rights Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was the first concrete piece of legislation in the United States that explicitly prohibited racial discrimination in voting. Racially biased tools used to exclude African Americans from registering as voters, such as literacy tests were outlawed with this Act. There were 5 more amendments to the Voting Rights Act, but the passing of the act was a big milestone for our government. It marked the start of change and a restructuring of our identity as a Nation.

Ron Sayer’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM encourages the Idaho Falls community to join in on this event. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the progress we’ve made as a country.

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