Montgomery, Ala., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders marked the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. with praise for those who advanced racial progress, calling on others to “march on” toward unity of hearts and minds.
“What we beheld in the Selma to Montgomery March shed needed light on the toll of racism, and, for many, put a human face on those impacted by its evils,” U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said March 24. “The perseverance, sacrifice and peaceful witness against violence we recall today moved a nation to earnestly seek to heal divisions within the human family.”
The voting rights march concluded on March 25, 1965. On that day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the steps of the Alabama state capitol asking how long racial injustice and racial prejudice would continue.
“How long? Not long, because the arc of the