Rep. Levin Marks the 50th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Mar 19, 2015

Rep. Levin Marks the 50th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Last weekend, Rep. Levin joined thousands of marchers in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Bloody Sunday.  On March 7, 1965, a group of civil rights marchers, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on their way to Montgomery to demand that African

Americans be given their constitutional right to vote.  At the bridge, the marchers were attacked by Alabama State troopers.  Many of the marchers were injured.  The images of Bloody Sunday galvanized the nation, and led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act five months later.  The Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices across America.

Click here to view President Obama’s speech at Selma.

Unfortunately, in 2013, in a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that significantly weakened the Voting Rights Act.  Rep. Levin and many other House lawmakers support legislation to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, but so far Speaker Boehner has not allowed the House of Representatives to vote on that bill.

There is no more fundamental right in our nation than the right to vote.  Voting is the essential right that helps to protect all our other rights.  Congress must take action to restore full access to the ballot.