The Slow, Sometimes Imperceptible March of History
It was only one stirring moment in a long and ugly history, but
still. On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder and the daughter of segregationist
governor George Wallace embraced and celebrated
the historic 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march that led to passage of
the Voting Rights Act. "I am a beneficiary of Selma," said Holder.
Ditto President Obama, Selma's black mayor George Evans, the 1,000-plus
people, including civil rights icons, who recreated the march, and
all of us.
As a child watching the marchers, said Peggy Wallace
Kennedy, who endorsed Obama last fall, "I knew their cause was just."
Next time, hopefully, it won't take 44 years for justice to prevail.