Civil rights leader educates youth about MLK Day
A Bridgeport civil rights leader spoke to young people Sunday about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Mary McBride-Lee is a member of the Bridgeport City Council as well as a pastor.
McBride-Lee received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2015 for her contributions to the American civil rights movement.
"I didn't even know what it meant to go to school with a white person until I graduated from high school and went to college, and I still went to a black college," she says.
McBride-Lee took part in the famous march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
"It was dangerous even to do that," she says. "Even to be out there, it was a very dangerous situation."
She says she remembers looking on in horror as fellow marchers were brutally beaten during the historic civil rights suppression that came to be known as Bloody Sunday. Decades later, McBride-Lee says there is still work to do.
"Yes, now we can go to school where we want to and do whatever, but there is still so much prejudice," she says.
McBride-Lee says the many civil rights advances around the world are all a tribute to King's legacy.