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Vice President Harris pays tribute to ‘Bloody Sunday’ by walking across Edmund Pettus Bridge with crowd

Vice President Kamala Harris honored the anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend by walking arm in arm across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with activists.

Bloody Sunday, which took place in Selma, Alabama in 1965, was an incident in which state troopers beat and pepper-sprayed peaceful civil rights protesters, including the late Senator John Lewis.

The walk across the bridge is part of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, which commemorates Bloody Sunday by having a crowd of activists, often including sitting presidents and vice presidents, walk arm in arm across the bridge from Selma to Mongtomery.

Before the walk, the Vice President spoke to the crowd, encouraging the fight against voter suppression, and urging Congress to pass important voting rights legislation. “A record number of people cast their ballots in the 2020 elections. It was a triumph of democracy in many ways. But not everyone saw it that way. Some saw it as a threat,” Harris said. 

Harris said the Biden administration has put the “full power of the executive branch” behind the effort to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, and criticized GOP leaders for blocking the bills in Congress.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: AL.COM

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