Local National Council of Negro Women Chapter Trek South for Black Belt Tour

Shown (l-r) atop the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama: Pettus Bridge, Dani Arnwine, Kruzshander Scott, Monique Kelly, Marilynn Dawson and Hope Chukes.

The Jacksonville Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc (NCNW) participated in the historical trail of “Bloody Sunday” which became a landmark of American history and the foundation for a successful campaign culminating with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

NCNW began the visit inside the Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Street in Birmingham, then headed over to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. The pivotal moment of  the tour for the group was marching  across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In addition, the group had the privilege of meeting a civil rights protesters who was kicked and pistol whipped by police during the original march known as “Bloody Sunday” in 1965.

“This was an historic tour for the women.  We have to understand the past to not repeat it and also to pass this legacy on to to future generations,” said NCNW member Marilyn Dawson.

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