1.) Thousands march in Selma
Yesterday, a crowd of thousands gathered in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the infamous Selma march for civil rights. The event celebrated the bravery of the 600 peaceful protestors who were tear gassed and brutally beaten with bully clubs by police officers on the Edmund Petty Bridge on “Bloody Sunday.” At the front of the march was Rep. John Lewis, who was severely concussed while leading the protest 50 years ago, along with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and former president George W. Bush.
President Obama delivered an address at the beginning of the march, thanking Lewis and others for their bravery and urging those who feel oppressed throughout America to “march on.” The event received an onslaught of media attention for Ferguson protests throughout the march, and further attention in the wake of the Academy Award nominated film “Selma.”
The anniversary event will continue today, when the same crowd will begin an over 50 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, to symbolize the march that was supposed to happen 50 years ago.
2.) International Women’s Day
Throughout the world, women’s rights activists celebrated International Women’s Day. The holiday celebrates women’s equality and women’s rights, and included many events to raise awareness for various causes. Actress Emma Watson held a HeForShe Interview for the event, and thousands of protesters gathered for women’s rights in countries such as India, where women are often oppressed.
The day also sparked a storm of social media frenzy in reaction to the event, as women and men alike used the hashtag #InternationalWomensDay to share their own thoughts and stories surrounding equality.
Actor Harrison Ford was severely injured in a plane crash after taking out a WWII-era private plane for a ride. Ford reported engine trouble almost immediately after takeoff, then crashed on a California golf course. He was transported a local hospital, where he remains and is reported to be “recovering” by his wife, Calista Flockhart.
4.) Mission Hills house fire
It took four fire departments to put out an afternoon house fire in Mission Hills on Friday. The homeowners were in the house, along with an electrical contractor, when the fire broke out around 1 p.m. The cause of the fire is uncertain, but it caused a considerable amount of damage to the three-story home. It took over three hours of heavy battle between the firefighters and the flames before it was extinguished fully.
5.) Bowling takes on state
The East bowling team took part in the 6A Kansas state bowling championship in Wichita over the weekend. This was the first time the team qualified for the tournament in many years. Leading the team was senior Mike Thibodeau, who took 38th place overall with a score of 587. The team took ninth with a combined score of 2286. Junction City took first with a score of 2833.