On the campaign trail in the United States, Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama set aside their differences, paying homage together to civil rights activists in Alabama. They marched side by side with those who were clubbed by police during a peaceful demonstration for the black vote 42 years ago.
The violence at the Bloody Sunday march in Selma in 1965 shocked America into action over racist voting practices which kept blacks from the ballot box.
“I am here to tell you poverty and growing inequality matters,” she said. “Healthcare matters, the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans matter, our soldiers matter, our standing in the world matters. Our future matters and it is up to us to take it back, put it into our hands and start marching towards a better tomorrow.”
Barack Obama spoke at the church where the march began in March, 1965 – playing down press reports that his white mother’s ancestors had owned slaves.
“Don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama,” he said. “Don’t tell me I’m not coming home when I come to Selma Alabama. I’m here because somebody marched.”
The candidates have begun the march to the White House early, with the first primaries next February, and the election proper nearly two years away.