They marched together as one, with one goal and one sentiment.
“One family. One Alabama.”
On Thursday, March 8, more than 800 demonstrators lined the streets of Selma Highway on their way to Montgomery, Ala., as part of the Rally for Immigrant and Voting Rights, a re-enactment of the historic 1965 civil rights march along the same route. Immigrant right’s leaders and average citizens marched together in an effort to call attention to and repeal HB56, known around the nation as “the toughest law on immigration.”
Today, 47 years after civil rights activists took to the street, differences between race and ethnicity were once again stomped out under the deliberate march of hundreds united as one. A patchwork of skin tones mirrored the sentiment of equality as hundreds took step after step, together under the beating sun. Among the families, immigrants and supporters, leaders and representatives of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, Center for Community Change, the National Action Network, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice led the procession, guided by police escorts. Traffic crawled by, temporarily suspending operations among a busy highway and bringing attention to the causes concerning immigrant rights.