Original Selma Organizer Refused To Join March Alongside George W. Bush

Civil rights leader Diane Nash discusses her decision not to participate in a procession commemorating the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015.
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March 9, 2015 11:19 a.m.

A civil rights leader who helped organize the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” procession in Selma, Alabama, refused to participate in a 50th-anniversary commemoration march this weekend because former President George W. Bush was involved, she said in an interview Saturday.

“I refused to march because George Bush marched,” Diane Nash, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, told “NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin. “I think the Selma movement was about nonviolence and peace and democracy, and George Bush stands for just the opposite – for violence and war and stolen elections.”

Nash said that Bush’s legacy was at odds with that of the Selma movement, saying that the commemoration “should have been a celebration of nonviolence.”

The former President’s attendance was “an insult to me and people who really do believe in nonviolence,” she added.

Watch below, via NewsOne Now’s Roland Martin:

h/t Raw Story

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