Bloody Sunday Commerative Events Begin

Selma, Alabama – Events are underway in Selma commemorating the historic voting rights Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.

It's called Bloody Sunday because marchers were beaten and attacked by Alabama State Troopers wielding dogs and tear gas as the marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7,1965.

The Reverend Jermiah Wright, the former minister of President Barack Obama, was guest speaker at the meeting held last night at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the site of the first mass meeting in Selma in 1963.

This weekend, dignitaries including U.S. Attorney General Erick Holder will participate in the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.