Sarah Sherrill was a student intern in the Alabama Public Radio newsroom in 2015. She produced a story on the 50th anniversary of the the attack on voting rights marchers in Selma that became known as "bloody Sunday." Her feature was from a student's perspective. That story was part of APR's documentary "More Bridges to Cross" that went on to win best documentary from the National Association of Black Journalists. The program was also honored with a "Bronze Radio Award" from the New York Festivals International Radio Competition.
Alabama Public Radio is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. The news team has generated a lot of stories in all that time. And we’ll be spending the year listening back to the best of the best of these features. That’s includes work by our student interns from the University of Alabama. Today’s story is from 2015. It was produced by APR intern Sarah Sherrill* for the fiftieth anniversary of the attack on voting rights marchers in Selma that became known as bloody Sunday. We asked Sarah to write her story from a young person’s perspective. And, a note for our listeners in Selma, this feature contains an interview with the late civil rights icon Frederick Douglas Reese. Here’s that encore airing from the APR archives…..