The March by Tyreek Peppers

On March 7, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped foot in Selma, AL. Along with him was a group of over 600 people gathered—it was a demonstration. As the 600 people gathered on the edge of the city by the Edmund Pettus Bridge, that day became known as “Bloody Sunday”. In Alabama, blacks made up half of the population, but only two percent were registered voters. The Selma march was about the demand of fair voter registration.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who had a lovely wife and and four children. Taking note of  Dr. King’s responsibility to his family, he took it upon himself to rid the world of segregation and bring people closer to each other. Dr. King was the man who led the Civil Rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until 1968. In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

On April 4, 2017, I attended a march. This wasn't just some random, meaningless march—the march was dedicated to Dr. King. The march took place at Freedom Corner and ended at the Grayson Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Activist groups such 1Hood made a special appearance at the march.

A lot of people came out to support the march. Pittsburgh’s mayor even showed up to share a speech to the public. Early on in the event, there was a special performer from 1Hood. Sadly, I didn't attend the earlier portion because of school, but I'm pretty sure the it was amazing. Even though there were few people that attended the march to honor Dr. King and the problems minorities face in the US, I felt that it was a breakthrough.