Sammy Shorten

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., is the site of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” protest, when 600 civil rights demonstrators were met with violence (Feb. 15, 2023).

‘Nothing Will Get Done If We Don’t Do Anything About It’

BIRMINGHAM- Outside of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum there was a man named David who was simply walking by. He stopped and talked to the group of students I was with for about 10 minutes.

Up until this point in the trip, I was bored. Not socially. Academically.

David was the person who put everything into perspective for me. He was talking about his personal life and his accounts of the civil rights movement.

One thing that David said stuck with me and many of my peers: my peers and I are the generation that can change everything for good, he said. We need to learn from our past, good and bad, that we do in fact have voices, and nothing will get done if we don’t do anything about it.

Of course, I have heard this many times. Maybe it was the way he phrased it, or maybe even how he talked and his voice. He was extraordinarily energetic, loud, and enthusiastic. But when David started to talk, we all were immediately invested in everything he had to say.

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