The Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Terri Sewell, others announce details for Selma-to-Montgomery march next month
Mary Orndorff · The Birmingham News · Link to Article
WASHINGTON - The Rev. Al Sharpton and several Hispanic and black members of Congress said this morning that they'll be recreating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march next month to unite campaigns against strict voter identification and immigration laws. Rep. Terri Sewell The re-creation partners some of the nation's largest civil rights and immigration rights organizations, connecting both of their issues under the larger umbrella of human rights. "We've made a lot of progress in this country but we are going backwards when people, based on what they look like, become suspects, and based on state voter ID laws can be eliminated from voting," Sharpton said in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol this morning. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, said she welcomed the attention to her congressional district, which includes her hometown of Selma. She opposes both Alabama's voter law that requires photo identification and the immigration law that allows local law enforcement to target illegal immigrants for deportation. "When states like my own promulgate voter ID laws that actually suppress and discourage folks from voting, something needs to be done about it," Sewell said. "And the immigration law passed from my state just harkens back to the days of the 1960s." Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, said the five-day march, March 4-9, will follow the same path as the 1965 march, including camping in the same locations and rallying at the same churches each night.