Friday, December 19, 2014

Freedom Riders for Voting Rights Bus Tour Rolls Through Selma
By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  The last leg of a two-day bus tour through Mississippi and Alabama in support of the Voting Rights Act wraps up in Montgomery.

The second day of the tour started in Selma at the historic marker where civil rights martyr Reverend James Reeb was beaten in 1965 causing his death.

The tour got underway Tuesday in Jackson, Mississippi and stopped at several civil rights landmarks on the way to Montgomery.

"This pilgrimage is to remind us of what, of the price that was paid for the right to vote and to remind us that we have got to do everything we can to make sure that this right isn't taken away at this time."

Section five of the Voting Rights Act requires states with a history of discrimination to get approval before making voting or election changes.

Shelby County is challenging that part of the law in the U.S. Supreme Court.