Some Lawmakers in Alabama Are Not Happy with Obama’s Selma March Plans

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The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama plans to head to Selma, Ala., in March to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic marches led by civil rights leaders. But some black lawmakers are upset over his planned date of arrival to participate in the event,Alabama Media Group reports.

A group of black legislators on Friday urged Obama to march on Sunday, March 8, instead of March 7, as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights marchers were beaten on Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the report says.

State Sen. Hank Sanders (D-Selma) and other leaders said they were blindsided by Obama’s announcement—made in conjunction with U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)—that the president would march on the anniversary date: March 7 and not March 8. The annual march, usually held on a Sunday in the first week of March, has been planned by Sanders and others annually since the 1970s, the report notes.

Sanders said any attempt to hold two marches would be “divisive,” and would send the wrong signals to the world, writes the news outlet.

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Source: The Root | 

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