By John DeCostanza, Jr.
On this date 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Alabama State House in Montgomery and addressed a crowd of 25,000 who had assembled there at the conclusion of the storied Voting Rights March which began with the violent repression of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. After being blocked by the forces of Governor George Wallace, the publicly televised, violent repression of the marchers on March 7 was transformed into a stunning victory eight days later when a movement had seized the energy of a nation and the attention of a President, and Lyndon Johnson declared a governmental commitment to securing voting rights for all Americans.
In his message to the gathered throng, King transformed the request of normalcy that came from the white power structure in Alabama, one that sought to allow the status quo of Jim…
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