Obama to visit Selma on 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

January 20, 2015 10:18 PM

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According to the White House, on March 7, the commander-in-chief will visit Selma, the city where the 54-mile trek led by Martin Luther King Jr began. A White House official told msnbc that the visit will also “highlight the president and his administration’s overall efforts to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

On March 7, 1965 – now known as “Bloody Sunday” – about 500 civil rights marchers were beaten back by police officers equipped with tear gas and clubs as they tried to cross the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge. On March 21, 1965, a five-day march, led by King (under court protection) took place with c...

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