feature: one group is trying to rename bridge in selma still named after a kkk member

March 11, 2015

On March 7, 1965, demonstrators (peacefully protesting discrimination with voting rights) were brutally attacked by Alabama State Troopers. That day, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was commemorated last week by President Obama and residents of Selma, Alabama; and saw the president walk the same bridge that demonstrators had 50 years before. One problem! The main bridge that those demonstrators walked along is still named after Edmund Pettus – former Grand Dragon of the Alabama chapter of the racist hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. Now STUDENTS Unite, a coalition of kids and young adults set on making a difference through programs, community service and nonviolent protests, have launched a Change.org petition calling for the U.S. National Park Service to change the name of the bridge. Read more on the story here.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor