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MLK Lieutenant Didn’t Join Selma Anniversary March Because Bush Was There

The Selma anniversary commemoration this past Saturday was a nonpartisan affair––Democrats and Republicans attended, and not only was President Obama and the First Family there, but George W. Bush and Laura Bush attended as well. They joined in the 50th anniversary march and things were generally positive.

But Diane Nash, a major civil rights figure and lieutenant to Martin Luther King, Jr., was not pleased with the former president’s presence.

Nash spoke with TV One host Roland Martin on Saturday, and said, “I refused to march because George Bush marched.”

She elaborated:

“The Selma movement was about non-violence and peace and democracy and George Bush stands for just the opposite. For violence and war and stolen elections… and George Bush’s administration had people tortured.”

She and Martin also discussed what the legacy of the current generation of activists will be 50 years from now. You can watch the video here:

[h/t Daily Caller]
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