Web Extra: Arkansas MLK Commission Travels to Selma, Raw Interviews

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SELMA, AL–An unforgettable moment in history as thousands marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for the 54th annual Selma Bridge Jubilee Crossing and “Bloody Sunday”.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and KARK 4’s Re’Chelle Turner traveled to Alabama for the event.

The group left from Little Rock, on Saturday. They traveled through Tenneessee, Mississippi, and made a stop in Birmingham, Alabama at 16th Street Baptist Church.

In 1963, the church was the target of the racially motivated bombing that killed four young girls in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement.

Arkansas MLK Commissioners say the experience was powerful and seeing the church brought back memories when they were children.

On Sunday, the MLK commission joined thousands to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” which happened  March 7, 1965, when a group of about 525 African American demonstrators gathered at Browns Chapel to demand the right to vote.

Two weeks later, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and 3,200 civil rights protesters marched the 49 miles from Selma to the state capital, Montgomery—an event that prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act.  

During the trip KARK 4’s Re’Chelle Turner spoke to Charles Steele, National President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. He is a longtime civil rights activist and organizer, who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He played a leading role in the Selma Voting Rights Movement.

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