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President Obama gives powerful speech to commemorate Selma marches
‘If Selma taught us anything, it’s that our work is never done.’
Thousands of people in Selma, Ala., and Madison, Wis., have taken to the streets today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches and protest the death of a 19-year-old man by police, respectively.
President Barack Obama traveled to Selma to “speak about the future of civil rights in America on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of a violent confrontation between police and peaceful protesters that became known as ‘Bloody Sunday,’” PBS reported.
“If Selma taught us anything, it’s that our work is never done,” Obama said in his speech. “This country’s racial history stills casts its long shadow upon us.”
Nearly 900 miles from Selma in Madison, the community has been protesting the killing of Anthony Robinson. The 19-year-old was shot five times by a police officer Friday at around 6:30pm, NBC reported.
The shooting occurred after a police officer chased Robinson into an apartment, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.
“Once inside the home, the subject involved in this incident, the same one that had been allegedly out in traffic and had battered someone, the same subject then assaulted my officer and in the context of mutual combat in that sense the officer did draw his revolver and subsequently shot the subject,” Koval said.
The protests in Madison are being broadcast online live via Ustream.
Brown’s mother was seen in Selma today as part of the 50-year commemoration.
The full transcript of the speech can be found here.
Photo via Library of Congress/Public domain
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.