SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley spoke at the Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary event and was greeted by scattered booing from a crowd gathered at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Bentley, a white Republican who often is critical of Obama administration policies, spoke ahead of President Barack Obama, Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell Saturday afternoon.
Bentley said the bridge represents the loss, strength and determination that came to define the civil rights movement. Bentley said the demonstrators who were attacked on the bridge as they marched for equal voting rights changed the state of Alabama and the country forever.
Bentley said he hopes the anniversary commemoration helps Alabama erase ugly images and heal wounds dating back generations.