Collins planning to travel to Selma for 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that she will participate in the Bipartisan Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in March.

The pilgrimage, which will take place March 6-8, commemorates the famous civil rights march that resulted in armed police attacking the peaceful demonstrators as they walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to the state capitol to protest voter discrimnation against African Americans. 

Stops on the pilgrimage will include visits to churches and other historic sites in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. 

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the first African-American Senator elected from the South in more than 120 years, invited Collins to join the pilgrimage. The bipartisan group of delegates will be led by Rep. John Lewis (R-GA), who actually participated in the original Selma March in 1965.

“In this 50th anniversary of the historic Selma March, Dr. King’s dream of justice and equality for all Americans marches on,” Collins, speaking at the 19th Annual MLK Breakfast at the University of Maine on Monday, said. 
“As we walk together, we strengthen our shared commitment to a future of greater understanding, reconciliation and justice.”