Free at Last

On March 7, 1965, hundreds of men and women attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to protest white resistance to black voter registration. A line of police awaited them on the other side of Edmund Pettus Bridge. What happened next came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” with pictures of the brutal attacks against the marchers published on the front page of papers around the world. After two more attempts, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. successfully led a massive throng right to the steps of the Montgomery State Capitol Building, walking arm-in-arm with other faith leaders. The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration commemorates those moments in civil rights history during the opening parade. Tracing a route from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, the parade stops briefly at Willie Mays Plaza after crossing Lefty O’Doul Bridge to remember the struggle at Edmund Pettus Bridge, and wraps up with a program by the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Festivities continue throughout the day with a special screening of The Waiting Room, the acclaimed documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, and an awards ceremony for an art contest inspired by the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Use your day off to get inspired about how far we’ve come in 50 years.
Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m., 2013

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