NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New Yorkers are marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark event of the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama.
Organizers of the “Selma is Everywhere” march are arm-in-arm Saturday at the front of the procession across the famed span.
Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel says discrimination still exists across New York and America.
Many in the racially mixed crowd are carrying signs displaying a photo of marchers walking in solidarity with Selma protesters on Manhattan’s 125th Street in 1965. Others have signs invoking the recent high-profile deaths of black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York.
Fifty years ago marchers crossing a bridge in Selma for a voting rights demonstration were beaten by police in a confrontation called “Bloody Sunday.”