This past weekend JusticeAid’s grantee partner, Black Voters Matter, led determined supporters in Selma, Alabama, to honor Bloody Sunday (1965), when civil rights protestors peacefully marching to register Black Americans to vote were beaten by white state troopers and sheriffs’ deputies. This march demonstrated to the world the oppression faced by Black voters and the urgency for national voting protections – which became a reality with the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Every year, politicians and civil rights leaders congregate in Selma to commemorate the marchers’ bravery and commitment to justice. This year’s gathering, attended by President Biden, was of special significance. Participants spoke on local, state, and federal leaders’ efforts to fend off legal attacks designed to scale back Black voting rights in states across the country.
In this alarming context, we remember the inspiring words of civil rights activist John Lewis (1940–2020):
“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”
Your gift to JusticeAid right now will help Black Voters Matter redeem the soul of America by continuing the fight for voting rights that has gone on far too long.