Today is a long stretch along Highway 80. Cotton grows in the median here, and there’s been a lot of dead possums on the side of the road. Birds of prey circle overhead, and moss dangles languid from the trees.
Rain’s in the forecast.
Sometimes the great wonder is seeing how far we’ve come. Alabama State Troopers and city police are there alongside us, giving us the right of way and holding traffic so that we’ve got the right of way. And many of those law enforcement members are African-American. When you think about the role the state troopers played on Bloody Sunday 50 years ago, it’s very poignant to see them supporting this peaceful assembly.
Here are some photos from the first day of the march, published in the Montgomery Advertiser.
And tonight’s a talk with Dr. Bernard Lafayette.