President Obama came to Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the bloody march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor those who walked. He called on Congress to restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He called on all American's to renew their battles for justice and equality.
Joanne Bland has never stopped fighting.
Joanne Bland was one of the youngest people put in prison for protesting Jim Crow laws during the 1960's. She marched on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma in 1965. Joanne Bland began her civil rights activism as an 8 year old, attending organizing meetings run by Martin Luther King. By the time she was 11, she had been arrested 13 times. She was co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. 50 years after she marched to end american apartheid, she continues to write, lecture and speak out for civil rights. She offers tours to people who want to remember the past and imagine a different future.