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From segregation to Selma: View iconic photos from the Civil Rights movement

Speaking in Selma on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that the country’s racial history “still casts its long shadow upon us.”

“So much of our turbulent history – the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war, the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow, the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher – met on this bridge,” he said. “It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest to determine the meaning of America.”

As events commemorating “Bloody Sunday” continue this weekend, take a look back at some of the photos of our nation’s history leading up to the march from Selma to Montgomery and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

A drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn in Halifax, North Carolina, in this April 1938 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.   REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters - RTR4SDSE

A drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn in Halifax, North Carolina, in this April 1938 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters

A man drinks at a "colored" water cooler in a streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City, in this July 1939 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A man drinks at a segregated water cooler in a streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City, in this July 1939 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

The bus station in Durham, North Carolina, in this May 1940 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

The bus station in Durham, North Carolina, in this May 1940 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A high school student being educated via television during the period that schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, were closed to avoid integration, in this September 1958 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A high school student being educated via television during the period that schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, were closed to avoid integration, in this September 1958 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

Marchers, signs, and a tent during the civil rights march on Washington D.C., in this August 28, 1963 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

Marchers, signs, and a tent during the civil rights march on Washington D.C., in this August 28, 1963 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A crowd of surrounding the Reflecting Pool and continuing to the Washington Monument during the civil rights march on Washington D.C., in this August 28, 1963 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A crowd of surrounding the Reflecting Pool and continuing to the Washington Monument during the civil rights march on Washington D.C., in this August 28, 1963 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo by REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A young woman casts her ballot at Cardoza High School in Washington D.C., in this November 3, 1964 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

A young woman casts her ballot at Cardoza High School in Washington D.C., in this November 3, 1964 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters.

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