Award-winning CBS journalist Bill Plant will present "Selma 50 Years Later" on Thursday, June 25 at 6 pm at St. John's Church, 3240 O Street. The event is free and open to the public. For information and to RSVP, please contact Lynn@georgetown-village.org or (202) 999-8988.
Five decades ago Plante witnessed the events and the fear, anger, and hopes those days in Selma, AL, generated. He recalls Bloody Sunday and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s prediction following his march to Montgomery that segregation was on its deathbed in America. Five months later Congress pass the Voting Rights Bill. But 50 years later segregation hasn't died yet. It still exists—in economic inequality, criminal justice, and when the right to vote is challenged. The demonstrations were a game changer, but they were not the finish line.
Plante has been a CBS News White House correspondent during the administrations of Presidents Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama. He is currently a senior White House correspondent, and his reports are seen on CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.