Ealier today, Barack Obama visited Selma, Alabama to take part in the Selma Voting Rights March Commemoration.
Below is a short excerpt of his speech at Brown Chapel A.M.E Church. Click here to read the entire speech.Obama Blog
Hillary was in Selma, AL today to commemorate "Bloody Sunday", an historic moment in the civil rights movement.
"On March 7, 1965, the day that came to be known as Bloody Sunday, some 600 men, women and children. crossed the bridge in Selma Ala., with the intention of marching to Montgomery for voting rights. On the other side, they were confronted by state troopers and a sheriff's posse, who beat the marchers back, hastening congressional enactment of the Voting Rights Act and the demise of the racial order the lawmen sought to defend." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
The ceremony re-enacting the crossing of the Edmund Pettus is an annual event to remember the struggle and to honor those who took part in the fight for civil rights. Hillary was accompanied by President Clinton, who is being inducted into the Voting Rights Hall of Fame. Before joining in a re-enactment of the march, Hillary attended services at the First Baptist Church of Selma, where she spoke to the congregation to commemorate the event's 42nd anniversary:
"I come to share the memories of a troubled past and a hope for a better tomorrow, one that is worthy of the sacrifices that were made here... That long march to freedom that started here has carried us a mighty long way. But we all know we have to finish the march."You can read Hillary's full remarks here.
And watch the speech here.