Common Commemorates 53rd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday Civil Rights Protest in Dramatic Tweets

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Common attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Common jumped on his social accounts on Wednesday night (Mar. 7) to pay respects to a bit of civil rights history. The Chi-town rapper recalled the series of marches in 1965 from nonviolent civil rights protestors beginning in Selma, Alabama and concluding in the state's capital of Montgomery.

The marchers were met by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and were brutally beaten on March 7, 1965 in what became known as Bloody Sunday. 

"#NeverForget," the rapper began, "Today marks the 53rd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday when 600 peaceful marchers were assaulted by state troopers on #Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge during their 54 mile march for Voting Rights from Selma to Montgomery."

Common followed up with a series of photos from the infamous events, as well as powerful quotes from congressman John Lewis, who at the time was a driving force in the civil rights movement in the American south.

Check out Tweets below.


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