Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Some parishioners at the Brown AME Chapel in Selma, Alabama rocked Mike Bloomberg’s world Sunday, through the gentlest of efforts. Some of them stood and turned their backs to him when he was speaking from the podium. Sometimes silence can speak volumes, indeed.
Bloomberg was apparently asked to speak at the church and initially responded that he didn’t have time because he was too busy beating Donald Trump. That response did not go over well on the 55th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, named for a date in 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers headed out of Selma and only got so far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge when they were attacked by law enforcement with clubs and tear gas. Among those there that historic day. and today as well, was Rep. John Lewis, who said, “I thought I was going to die on this bridge.” Lewis admonished all those present to “go out and vote like we’ve never voted before.”
A day of high emotion and memory in Selma.