Rev. Al Sharpton is leading a symbolic march from Selma to Montgomery to bring attention to controversial voting laws and immigration, which some suggest are an effort to suppress the minority vote. He is being joined in his effort by a significant number of Latino activists. NBC Latino reports on this historic act of unity:
For the past 47 years, black leaders have gathered in Alabama to reenact a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that made civil rights history. This year, African American leaders invited Latino leaders to march for what they consider to be today’s civil right’s issue – the repeal of Alabama’s strict immigration law.
In Washington D.C. today, Latino labor and political leaders joined grassroots activists and students and boarded a bus, to participate in the commemoration of the 1965 civil rights marches.
“In an extraordinary show of support from the African-American community, immigration is one of the key focal points of this year’s commemoration,” said Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), adding that “the African-American community knows as we do that anti-immigrant laws and voter ID laws are really an all-out assault on civil rights.”
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