Selma: 50 years later

If you browse through today’s newspapers in the U.S. and flip to the opinion page, you’ll probably see write-ups on President Obama’s speech to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the march in Selma for voting rights. The consensus is that the president delivered quite a speech, one that echoed the rhetoric of his 2008 campaign, specifically the idea that American history is always unfolding and we all have a part to play in it. The speech touched upon everything from the American Revolution, to Jim Crow, to Selma, to recent events in Ferguson. The president also urged the Republican-led Congress to renew parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court gutted about two years ago, and he noted that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush renewed the Voting Rights Act. Perhaps more importantly, he called out those who refuse to vote, asking, “How do we so casually disregard the right for which so many fought?” I suggest watching the president’s speech. I’ll be sharing it with my African American Lit. class this week. Here’s the video:

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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