On Wednesday we visited the gravesite of Jimmy Lee Jackson, an African American man murdered while trying to protect his family members. His death, which received no consequences, spurred nationwide outrage and motivated peaceful protesters to organize the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, later labeled the American Civil Rights Movement's "Bloody Sunday"
Today we walked across the Edmund Pettis bridge. It was on this bridge where the senseless beating of marchers of the movement occurred in 1965. This became known as Bloody Sunday. After listening to stories of marchers, or "footsoldiers," who were involved in this event, walking over the same bridge that they did inspired us. We feel that if they could march on with the courage and determination that they did, despite the unimaginable consequences, then we can continue and hopefully finish the march today.