by Richard Taylor
Alabama is the birthplace of leaders with dreams. It's the place where thousands of leaders came together to march for the paramount victory in the fight for equality - the right to vote.
On March 7, 1965, Phi Beta Sigma Brothers Reverend Hosea Williams and John Lewis stepped from the pulpit of Brown Chapel Church and led a group of 600 toward Montgomery. After just six blocks, when they crossed the now infamous Edmund Pettis Bridge over the Alabama River, Sheriff Jimmy Clark's deputies and state troopers dispatched by Governor Wallace attacked the group with nightsticks and tear gas, injuring dozens. The violence stopped the marchers' first attempt, but they would not be silenced or stopped for good. The event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."
Today, those dreams march on. The Dream Marches On replicated the footsteps of the brave men and women who fought for equal rights. On March 6 - 8, 2015, the world watched as thousands visited Selma, Lowndes County and Montgomery marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's leadership joined a large bipartisan congressional delegation for part of a three-day civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama. Phi Beta Sigma Brother, Representative John Lewis, D-Ga., who has led the pilgrimage every year since 1998 passed through Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Marion. On March 7, 2015, Brother Micheal Cristal, International First Vice President joined the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.