50 years ago, Americans watched on their TV sets as state troopers and local law enforcement attacked civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, an event known afterwards as “Bloody Sunday.” This weekend, President Obama travels to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, which happened on March 7, 1965.
Since that day, the US has made big strides toward equal rights, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the abolishment of Jim Crow, and the voting of many more African Americans into political office. But significant gaps remain, and in some ways gaps between blacks and whites have even widened over the past few decades, as these charts from Pew Research Center show.
Specifically, gaps in high school completion, life expectancy at birth and voter turnout have narrowed. However, the difference in the percentage of whites and blacks above the poverty line and homeownership have not changed much, while gaps in median household income, the marriage rate and median household wealth have actually widened.