HUNTSVILLE, Ala - The 50th Anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march is this weekend. In 1965 hundreds of voting rights advocates attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery but they were forced to turn back after a violent encounter with police.
Hundreds of people are traveling to Selma for the 50th Anniversary weekend, including the President Obama. There are also many students from Lee High School making the trip.
Jamar Carter is a junior at Lee High School and says, "Just realizing how serious this march is or how serious the march was back then."
Students like Carter are excited to experience history outside of their textbooks. Patrick Holder is a Social Studies teacher at Lee High School and he is just one of the teachers going on the trip. He hopes that this experience teaches the students much more than history.
"Obviously we still have a lot of issues in our society but things have changed so much and a lot of time kids now a days don't realize how much people before them gave up and sacrificed," said Holder.
It gives students a chance to be a part of history and a sense of appreciation for all the sacrifices that were made to get to this point.
More than 100 students, parents, and teacher are traveling to Selma on Sunday.