The Selma Experience 2010
Selma, AL., March 2010, a truly educational experience. The celebration of the 45th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday", in Selma, AL was the Sunday that changed the country forever. As the Christian Tour Bus approached the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, a feeling came over the entire bus. That feeling was we were re-living history those few moments it took to cross the bridge. The bus was occupied by a very multicultural group of students, faculty, and staff from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC.
Once we arrived at the church for the Mass Meeting, we heard the inspirational speeches from the many people in attendance, many of which were in the march on that bloody Sunday in March 1965. The four days spent in Selma, AL., March 2010, was an educational and life changing experience for every student, faculty, and staff member present. The photograph presented here is just a small portion of what we all experienced during our time spent in Selma. The students were able to meet and be in the presence of Winnie Mandela, Senator John Lewis, and Frederick Douglas Reese, who was arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the march in 1965, as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery, AL. to change history forever.
On the eight hour drive back to the college, as the students reflected on their experience, there were very strong emotions displayed, and there was not a dry eye on the bus. As a result of the trip to Selma, AL., the students were able to come back and take part in a video production of their experience. It can be found on YouTube under the Selma Experience.