CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An estimated 850 students from high schools in Pinellas County gathered Tuesday to stand for unity. Students from many different high schools walked across the Memorial Causeway Bridge to stand together in unity. A guest of honor joined them — a civil rights activist who walked 55 years ago in Selma, under the leadership of Doctor Martin Luther King. Hundreds of teenagers from around the county are highlighting the word ‘unity’ in ‘community’.
The teenagers spearheaded the event that marks the 55th anniversary of the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, which took place on March 7, 1965. Civil rights activists organized a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama to press for voter registration rights for African Americans in the south. However, they were violently confronted by local authorities along the way. Participating in Tuesday’s Unity Walk was Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person to take part in the march to Montgomery for voting rights. Lowery was 15 years old at the time of the original “Bloody Sunday”.
Lowrey was in jail 9 times before the age of 15. Students were so moved by her message that they took to the Memorial Causeway Bridge.
To learn more about Lynda Blackmon lowery you can grab her book, “Turning 15 on the road to Freedom” or you can go to Clearwater High School where her play will come to life on stage Wednesday at 7:00 pm. For more information on tickets click here.
Here is a full rundown of what students did Tuesday:
7:30 a.m. Students start arriving/breakfast
9:00 a.m. Presentations/Speakers
10:45 a.m. Student buses leave for Clearwater Marina
11:15 a.m. Walk across the bridge
12:00 p.m. Proclamation from the City of Clearwater Mayor and Unity activities
1:00 p.m. Buses depart for schools
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