WEST MICHIGAN — Two cities in West Michigan will hold voting rights marches & rallies to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday was known as a day of peaceful protest for voting rights. It turned out to be a day of tragedy as a number of people were either killed or injured while trying to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
The NAACP Grand Rapids chapter will host a March for Voting rights at the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
A march & rally will also take place in Kalamazoo. It will begin at the intersection of Riverview Drive & Paterson Street at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and end at the Douglas Community Association Building.
There will also be a voting rights rally and a press conference. The march & rally will be hosted by the Galilee Baptist Church located in Kalamazoo. Organizers say that local & regional clergy members along with civic & community leaders will be attending the event and will urge representatives to pass voting laws in Congress.