On this day in 1965, 600 men and women marched from the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, on their way to the state capitol in Montgomery. They marched for freedom and the right to vote that had been denied them. As they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way out of town, they were met with the violence borne from bigotry and forced to turn back. My friend and esteemed colleague, John Lewis, who led the march along with Hosea Williams, was beaten nearly to death. However, their determination to be heard and to participate in our democracy could never be turned back. The sad events of that day, which became known as ‘Bloody Sunday,’ were broadcast across America, opening the eyes of millions to the injustices of Jim Crow. Later that month, thousands gathered in solidarity and with faith in the promise of America, setting out from that same place and together they walked across that bridge, to the state capitol in Montgomery, and into the pages of history.