Thousands marched over Edmund Pettus Bridge paying tribute to ‘Bloody Sunday’

President Barack Obama says America's racial history "still casts its long shadow" despite a half-century of progress toward a more perfect union.

SELMA, Ala. (WATE) – This weekend, the nation paid tribute to ‘Bloody Sunday,’ a day that marked a turning point in African-American voting rights 50 years ago.

Previous story: Demonstrators in Selma reflect on history behind the commemorative march

Henry Singleton was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He marched again Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge traveling all the way from New York City.

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He tells says this is something he has been looking forward to all year.

“At the age of 13, when Dr. Martin Luther King led the march from Selma to Montgomery, they stayed there overnight in a field behind a hospital called St. Jude,” said Singleton. “My grandma woke us up early that morning and we march from St. Jude to downtown Montgomery,”

Mark Daniels is the chairman of “The Weed Out Hate Initiative.” He passed out sunflower seeds to people in hopes to weed out hate and sow seeds of peace.

“This is a lesson that every child can learn every adult can learn, this is how we stop this problem that’s effecting our society literally at the grassroots level,” he said. “We have a voice to cross over the bridge from the river of racism to the promised land of love.”

Singleton says growing up in Montgomery in the 60s. He saw signs that said ‘blacks only’ and ‘whites only.’

He says it feels good to see the change 50 years later.

“To be here to see the bridge yesterday to see our President speak, I think can go on to my death one day saying ‘I see what Martin said, as we went to the mountaintop,'” said Singleton.

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