Monday, March 16, 2015

50 years later, Selma has yet to overcome

50 years ago a march in Selma, Ala. changed the course of history.

But since then the people of Selma have been forgotten.

60 percent of the children in Selma live under the poverty line. That figure is 20 percent in La Crosse.

The unemployment rate is double the national average at 13.8 percent, more than double La Crosse's unemployment rate.

The public high school is 99 percent African American while the private K-12 school, Morgan Academy is almost entirely white.

Just under 20,000 live in Selma, yet the murder rate is 5 times the national average.

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