"Struggle is a Never-Ending Process": MLK Daughter Bernice King on Selma March, Black Lives Matter

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Bernice-king-selma50Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was confronted by Alabama state troopers as he led a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This weekend, his daughter Bernice King was escorted across the bridge by an African-American state trooper. "The contrast between then and now is phenomenal, but the reality is we are at a crossroads," King says. She argues voting rights that were won in 1965 have since been gutted, and calls for a resurgence of activism to restore them. "Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won," King adds, quoting her mother, Coretta Scott King. "You have to earn it and win it in every generation." King also describes her own work conducting nonviolence trainings in Ferguson, Missouri, when protests erupted after the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.