Luther King Marches

The 50th anniversary of the March on Selma is this weekend and MSNBC is commemorating the march all weekend. On March 7 and 8, Selma: 50 Years Later  will air on MSNBC and will look at Selma then and the changes its made over the last 50 years.

The commemoration will also include Twitter chats being held today. At 11 a.m. Russell Simmons will discuss how the march is still relevant today. On Friday,  cofounders of #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi will also join in on a live Twitter chat.

From The Root:

Melissa Harris-Perry will host her shows live from the historic Brown Chapel, which served as a meeting place and starting point for the march in 1965 and later became the meeting place and offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s.

Both shows will air at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

MSNBC will also carry the President’s remarks live from Selma as well as the First Family’s walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the infamous bridge where police attacked peaceful protesters during the 1965 march. MSNBC will also broadcast a reenactment of the Bloody Sunday March from 3-5 p.m. ET Sunday.

This weekend is bound to be another historic weekend in Selma.

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  • Since I am a history buff, I will definitely watch the Selma special.

    We certainly have to learn about Selma. The Selma movement was not just about the fight for voting rights. It was the fight for human beings and it was a movement which consisted of people of many backgrounds and creeds. Another point is to be made as well. We all know the point. That point is that women had a leadership role in the Selma events. Amelia Boyton, Diane Nash, Annie Lee Cooper, and other Sisters stood up for freedom in Selma. The working class and the poor in Alabama were tired of racial oppression, so they fought back against white racism. The DCVL, SNCC, the SCLC, and other organizations worked to struggle for the right to vote.

    Selma represented the end of the old era of the modern day civil rights movement in America. After Selma, came the Voting Rights Act, the rebellion in Watts, and discussions about economic inequality. Malcolm X supported the Selma activists before he was unjustly assassinated. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after Selma became more progressive and opposed the Vietnam War courageously just like Malcolm X.

    We are in the same fight today. The same police brutality which occurred on Edmund Pettus Bridge still occurs today (as documented by the recent DOJ report on Ferguson). We witness a Supreme Court decision stripping parts of the Voting Rights Act and some states passing controversial voter ID laws too. Therefore, the fight is not over. We all have work to do and we are not only against capitalist exploitation. We want freedom for our people.

  • Mary Burrell

    I hope Viola Liuzzo is remembered. She an a couple of other white people lost their lives in the fight for black people to earn the right to vote. She was murdered by the KKK. May she rest in peace and power. She was a foot soldier as well.

    • That’s a great comment by you. We should all remember Viola Luizzo, Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb, and other unsung heroes who stood up for freedom during the Selma voting rights struggle. We, as black people, are entitled to be free and the Selma events from yesteryear inspire us in the present during the year of 2015.

  • Mary Burrell

    The voting rights act was gutted in 2014. People died and were brutalized and we as black people need to keep that privilege alive or else the foot soldiers who fought for this privilege will be in vain.