"We have no desire to erase history, but there are some parts of our country's past that should not be celebrated or honored."
The current name, Selma resident Kylie Jones wrote, "does not represent Selma, the beginning of the Voting Rights Movement and a catalyst for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We have the power to change the name from a KKK Grand Dragon leader to something positive and hopeful! #SelmaIsNOW"
Freedom Bridge: Gainey said that there are some ideas for new names, such as the "Freedom Bridge," "Bridge to Hope" or "Voting Rights Bridge." Ultimately, he said, "we have all concluded that the name should be determined by the people of Selma, and for the people of Selma."
"We are doing this for the people of Selma today," Gainey said. Indeed, it's important to remember, as Common and John Legend asserted in their Oscars acceptance speech for their song "Glory" from the film Selma, that #SelmaIsNow. "This bridge was built on hope," Common said in the speech. "Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings." Selma is forever ensconced in the annals of American history as a memorial of the past and a beacon for the future. Let's help its name reflect that hope, love and compassion it truly represents.