Thursday, March 21, 2013

Selma, Alabama

During our trip with Ms. Bland in Selma, Alabama, I learned so many new things about the town and Ms. Bland herself. Ms. Bland is an outgoing, amusing, and wise person. She's full of energy every time she speaks. We enjoy her spontaneity. She told us so many interesting facts about the town of Selma and herself. At the age of 11, Ms. Bland was involved in the march for voting rights for African American from Selma to Montgomery. She's seen in many horrible combat between the blacks and the whites. Not only that, she's been involved in it. One thing that struck me the most about the town is that there are still detectable segregation there. For example, there is an all-white school that doesn't allow black children to attend, but just recently, a black student has been accepted at the all-white school which was an impressive moment that not many know about. The next interesting thing was that we were able to see the difference between houses of the left side of the street and houses on the right side of the street. The houses on the left side of the street consists of poor, worn down houses that belonged to black people. And the houses on the right side of the street consists of tall, rich-looking houses that belonged to white people. It was amusing to turn my head from left to right and see the remarkable difference. This town is filled with love, hate, and history. I'm glad that I had the chance to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and acknowledge what the African Americans had went through to achieve their voting rights. 

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