U.S. Senator Cory Booker was in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 54th anniversary Bloody Sunday and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
“I would not be here if it wasn’t for marchers on a bridge who inspired a man in New Jersey,” Booker told a group assembled inside Brown’s Chapel on Sunday.
Booker was one of four candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination to attend the event, along with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.
Hillary Clinton was also in attendance.
“When Cory Booker left the stage here in Selma, Hillary Clinton stood and gave a big hug. The warmth was palpable,” Washington Post political reporter Matt Viser tweeted. “When Bernie Sanders left the stage, she stood and, as he was briskly walking past, it appeared they briefly shook hands. The chilliness was palpable.”
Later, Booker marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The New Jersey senator also spend part of the weekend in South Carolina,with stops in Simpsonville, Greenville, Charleston, and Summerville.
Booker has just completed his first month as a presidential candidate.
He has locked up his home state of New Jersey and last week won the backing of Iowa State Rep. Amy Nielson, the first state legislator in Iowa to take sides in the race for president.