Bloody Sunday Revisited

GW Law Professor Spencer A. Overton stands with Alabama state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., during the March commemoration of Bloody Sunday.

Professor Spencer A. Overton traveled to Selma, Ala., in March to participate in a commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was his first trip to Selma and especially meaningful because he teaches voting rights courses at GW Law. 

Professor Overton tweeted pictures along the way that included talks by civil rights leaders and one powerful experience when he stood on the bridge flanked by Alabama state troopers. On his trip, he also met with nearly a dozen mayors of small Southern cities and towns to discuss the unique challenges of their communities, such as fair allocation of federal dollars, decaying infrastructure, sanitation issues, and extreme poverty.