EVERYDAY IS SELMA : Report from the Southern Movement Assembly 1965-2015 – March 30, 2015

In 1965, Tuskegee students paused at the apex of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and said a silent prayer for Willie Edwards, a 24 year-old Black man who had been thrown into the Alabama River by the Klan eight years before.

In 2015, a new generation of Southern freedom movement fighters walked that same bridge in Selma and paused to remember the many lives that have been lost to racist state violence in the last few years – Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Islan Nettles, Rekia Boyd. We remember Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz who was killed by police on the border and the thousands more that have suffered from deportations, harassment in high schools, unsafe communities, and mass incarceration.

In 1965, community people from Alabama, young people in SNCC & local college students were at the forefront of building southern freedom movement force, making history in Selma and across Dallas, Lowndes, Perry, and Wilcox counties, Alabama. It was these ordinary people, often considered deviants in their own time, who pushed the ministers and other establishment leaders to either join with or get out of the way of a change they knew was possible.

In 2015, as part of the national commemoration of Bloody Sunday, a Southern Movement Assembly (SMA) delegation of almost 100 people, deviants in our own right, converged in Selma to exercise and build our collective power. A sanitized version of history is always more palatable to the establishment of the day. However, as students of our Southern movement history, the SMA delegation fought to shine a light on critical history that shows ordinary people risked their lives and reputations to stand up against the most powerful forces of their day. The Southern Freedom Movement was not a feel good movement – it was a fight hard movement, and today, we are part of  a fight hard movement that is growing the power of our collective action to demand “Enough is Enough.”

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