Rep. Ron Reynolds and Missouri City Council Members to Honor 50th Anniversary of Selma Bloody Sunday March

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/9/2015, 1 p.m.
State Representative Ron Reynolds (D - Fort Bend County, District 27), Missouri City, TX City Council Members Yolanda Ford, Chris ...
Rep. Ron Reynolds

MISSOURI CITY, TX (March 6, 2015) - State Representative Ron Reynolds (D - Fort Bend County, District 27), Missouri City, TX City Council Members Yolanda Ford, Chris Preston and Don Smith, and the Missouri City NAACP will lead a symbolic freedom march commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights Selma, Alabama march and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The march will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Freedom Tree, 4303 Freedom Tree Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459.

On March 7, 1965, some 600 activists congregated at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to participate in a 54-mile march to Montgomery, the state capital, to protest unjust restrictions barring African Americans from voting. Blocking their path was a regiment of state troopers and deputies. When the demonstrators attempted to cross the bridge, they were lashed with whips, bludgeoned with billy clubs, and pelted with tear gas. The horrific scene, dubbed 'Bloody Sunday,' unfolded on televisions across the country, sparking nationwide outrage and motivating thousands of people to descend on the town in solidarity with the marchers.

"Our struggle to preserve what these marchers worked hard to obtain is not over," said Rep. Reynolds. "We must honor the legacy of Selma by continuing the fight for the right to vote. I invite everyone out on Sunday to join us."

On Wednesday, March 4, Rep. Reynolds led passage of House resolution 647 commemorating the historic Selma, Alabama civil rights march.

What

Symbolic Freedom March commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

When

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Where

Freedom Tree, 4303 Freedom Tree Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459

Time

2:00 p.m.

Who

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, Missouri City, TX City Council Members Yolanda Ford, Chris Preston and Don Smith, and the Missouri City NAACP

Why

To honor the legacy of Bloody Sunday and underscore the importance of continued focus on civil rights legislation that protects the rights of all citizens

About State Representative Ron Reynolds:

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend county. Representative Reynolds currently serves as the Democratic Whip of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, and is a member of the House Committees on Elections and Environmental Regulations.

For more information, visit ronreynolds.org