President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a trip to Selma, Al., to speak at the 50th anniversary of the civil rights “Bloody Sunday” march on Saturday afternoon (March 7).
“We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary Americans,” President Obama said in his speech. “What enormous faith these people had: faith in God, but also faith in America.”
Numerous music stars — including John Legend, Janelle Monae and Ledisi — remembered the Selma anniversary on social media. Read their tributes below.
YouTube the President’s speech if you didn’t just watch it live. It really was special. #Selma50
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 7, 2015
President Obama Selma Speech 2015 on 50th ‘Bloody Sunday’ at Edmond Pettus Bridge, Alabama |FULL] http://t.co/NdOjaCUwKi! must watch!
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) March 8, 2015
it still feels like magic to have an african american president for the 50th anniversary of #selma
— moby ? (@thelittleidiot) March 8, 2015
I’m headed to… #selma50 #BritRepresenter #Idratherstandtall #formygrandad… https://t.co/gQpQudvlBj
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) March 8, 2015
Proud….#marchon #selma50 https://t.co/YQn8udjDVp
— ledisi (@ledisi) March 8, 2015
you can run, but you can’t hide http://t.co/l811LFvIXM
— Ry Cooder (@obon_city) March 7, 2015
LOVE to everyone in Selma today! LOVE LOVE LOVE
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 7, 2015
I only respect the GENERALS who have been in the field with the SOLDIERS #Selma50 #TheObamas #Leader https://t.co/8jve6PgXVB
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) March 8, 2015
An absolutely beautiful and inspiring speech from @BarackObama #Selma50
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) March 7, 2015
#selma50 #SNCC … dedicated to my father, Michael Simmons. A true freedom fighter still to this day… https://t.co/eiLTu9zgh5
— DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) March 6, 2015