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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Geo. Wallace's daughter hugs Holder at Selma

I was just reading an article on the 44th commemoration of the Selma march to Montgomery--the one that was so abruptly interrupted by baton-wielding law offices. Says that among the participants today were former Alabama governor George Wallace's daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, and the nation's first black attorney general, Eric Holder. "It's reconciliation and redemption" Ms. Kennedy is quoted as saying.

Holder said, "I am a beneficiary of Selma." Adding to the historic overtones of Wallace Kennedy's and Holder's embrace" George Wallace had made his "stand in the schoolhouse door" to try to keep Holder's future sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, from integrating University of Alabama in 1963.

"I so wish Vivian had lived to see this moment," Holder said after hugging Wallace's daughter.

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