"Bloody Sunday" Anniversary

March 8, 2010 - 12:27pm

Events are under way in Selma commemorating the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march.  Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at the Martin and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast in Selma.

The event kicked off the day-long observance of the 1965 event where voting rights marchers were beaten by state troopers and sheriff's deputies on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Madikizela-Mandela told the 500-plus audience at Wallace Community College that no American place in the civil rights struggle was more important than Selma.