March 7, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." Around 600 marchers were stopped just before crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery. State troopers responded to the peaceful march with beatings and tear gas.
Community Renewal Society’s 133 year tradition of fighting for racial and economic justice continues to guide our work today. Despite the road ahead, we are inspired by the words of Martin Luther King on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Martin Luther King footage at the end of this video is from a speech given after the completion of the Selma-to-Montgomery March:
[Excerpt] "I know you are asking today, "How long will it take?" Somebody's asking, "How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne? “Somebody’s asking, "When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?" Somebody's asking, "When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?" I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because "truth crushed to earth will rise again." How long? Not long, because "no lie can live forever." How long? Not long, because "you shall reap what you sow."