Today is National Voting Rights Day in the United States, and it reminds me that voting is a right that so many of us, myself included, take for granted. It is generally thought of as just part of the American democratic system, but this wasn’t the case for all Americans not so long ago. Brutal events took place to ensure that you and I - despite race, gender or religious affiliation - have the right to vote.
Today, more than any other time in my life, this is of greatest importance; we are a country divided.
History demonstrates that terrible incidents unfortunately must happen before a cause or notion is taken seriously; the atrocity on March 7, 1965, is no different. I am referring to the horror forever imprinted in American history as Bloody Sunday.
What started as a peaceful, 600+ person, 54-mile march from the small town of Selma, Ala., to the capitol in Montgomery was intended to make the statement that all people have the right to vote, no matter the color of their skin. As the marchers began to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers were met by fierce opposition by law enforcement.
When the rest of the country saw footage of Americans being beaten and tear-gassed for the simple act of walking across a bridge to bring attention to their plight, there was a genuine outcry. Shortly afterwards, the Voting Rights Act was passed. Citizen activism made this happen.
Threshold Expeditions is proud to announce that as part of our Justice & Action Running Series, we have partnered with the Civil Rights Race Series group to offer the Journey for Justice trip. We will not only visit historical landmarks and walk in the footsteps of Civil Rights heroes, we will also participate in a relay race that traces the Selma-to-Montgomery March.
We are excited to announce that booking is available for this trip, scheduled for March 2021. Don’t hesitate to inquire or reach out if you have any questions.