‘Bloody Sunday,’ Selma march remembered 50 years later

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SELMA, Ala. -- Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of civil rights marchers were attacked on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama.

President Barack Obama and nearly 100 members of Congress joined people from across country as they gathered in Selma to honor their sacrifice.

About 500 people participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. They were met at the bridge by about 150 Alabama state troopers and a group of white men who'd been deputized by police.

The troopers fired tear gas and beat non-violent protesters with whips, clubs and batons.

Television reports showing the violence shocked the country and helped build support for passage of the voting rights act of 1965.

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  • nkengemh

    My mentor who I work for actually went to the 50th Anniversary Selma March this year. Ms.Valerie Hart-Craig. From the pics she has posted, and from the Statuses she has made on facebook I can tell it’s a pretty unforgettable experience. Not to mention First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama was there in attendance as well, and that most definitely is a highlight to the 50th Anniversary to Selma’s March. There should be some videos of President Obama giving a speech.