Vice President Joe Biden Selma Alabama en Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation <P>Vice President Joe Biden said nothing shaped his consciousness more than seeing TV footage of voting rights marchers being beaten by state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.</P> <P>Biden traveled to Selma on Sunday to participate in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the 1965 march, which prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act and add millions of African-Americans to Southern voter rolls.</P> <P>Biden said the beatings became a moment of clarity for the nation and made people realize the right to vote was not settled. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:14:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26000 at Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend <p>Organizers of Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee say Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will participate in the events.</p><div><p>Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma said Saturday the Bidens will attend a unity brunch and participate in the annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 3. Sanders said the Bidens will help observe Selma's historic role in the civil rights movement. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee celebrates the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:26:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25534 at Vice President to Visit Selma Next Weekend