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Vote for Who’s Right, What’s Right

By Purvette A. Bryant

Voting is a privilege that’s worth more than billions of dollars.

Voting is a key that unlocks doors of injustice.

Voting is an honor that can never be put to shame.

Voting is a well sharpened tool that men and women use to make positive, uplifting changes in the lives of others.

Voting is your right. Use it in the 2016 elections.

In 2015, when President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, commemorating the 1965 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama each step was made in tribute for those who died, put their lives in danger for the right to vote for generations to come.

Their hands held tightly with U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a survivor of “Bloody Sunday,” the day when peaceful protestors were nearly beaten to death for protesting for voting rights. On that day, police beat and tear gassed marchers at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march was organized after the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a civil rights activist who was shot to death by police.

On that commemoration day, following the Obamas and Lewis were tens of thousands of people joining the march to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” in a rally so large it appeared like a stream of about 40,000 people peacefully flowing over the bridge. Like water through a rapid stream singing hymns and carrying signs.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten unconscious during “Bloody Sunday,” proudly rode across the bridge in a wheelchair at age 103.

What a proud moment in history to watch African Americans, Native Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, blacks, whites, men, women, teenagers, seniors and children walk a freedom walk that today allows them to vote for whomever they please.

Get out and vote!

Only you know who to vote for. People died so that you could have the privilege to vote.

Vote for who’s right, the one who will represent you, your family, your children and most of all what you hold dear to your heart.

Vote for what’s right in amendments and other issues your community may face. Only you know in your heart what’s right.

Vote for those who carry the spirit of the people who walked across the Edward Pettus Bridge more than 50 years ago and even last year in an effort to help everyone.

Your conscience will tell you what’s right. Common sense will tell you who’s right and what’s right.

Regardless of who you vote for, just vote!

My grandmother, Blanche Beasley, was in that Selma, Alabama crowd many years ago. Born in 1907, grandma grew up in Selma, Alabama. When I was a little girl and the topic of voting came up, she’d often mention how “we’d get beat for trying to vote” in Alabama. As a little girl, I didn’t understand then. I didn’t realize she was among the famous unnamed men and women who courageously walked to the Selma courthouse time and time again, and tried to pass the voting test filled with obstacles.

Grandma and hundreds of others overcame them all and proceeded to vote. Won’t you do the same? Join hands with them today. They’re cheering you on. Step up to the plate and vote.

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