Peggy Wallace watched from behind the gates of the Alabama governor’s mansion in 1965 as civil rights marchers made their way from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery to demand voting rights. Her father, Gov. George Wallace, had campaigned on the mantra: “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

On Sunday, Peggy Wallace Kennedy stood in the pulpit of Brown Chapel AME Church, the staging site for the infamous Selma-to-Montgomery march, to introduce the keynote speaker, Eric Holder, the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general who reports to the nation’s first black president.

“Forty-four years later. Swift transitions, indeed,” writes Denise Stewart for

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