"Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation and fear. And they comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung:
No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.”
It is with this powerfully poignant description of the mindset of those who mached 50 years ago in Selma, that US President Barack Obama opened his speech to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches.