Montgomery Advertiser: Bill would award medal to 1965 voting rights marchers
WASHINGTON – The civil rights protesters beaten by state troopers while marching peacefully from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 would receive the Congressional Gold Medal under legislation introduced Wednesday by the members of Congress representing the two cities.
Congress awards the medal, its "highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions," a handful of times each year.
The legislation honoring the foot soldiers in three 1965 voting rights marches is expected to become law by March 7. That's the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when white state troopers in Alabama violently attacked marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma who were protesting the lack of voting rights for blacks.