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President Barack Obama and his family were in Selma, Alabama on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of civil rights marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Obama spoke on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of a violent confrontation between police and peaceful protesters that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
Participants marching in a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in this 1965 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. President Barack Obama and his family will be in Selma on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches. Credit: REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters
“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,” Obama said. “It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest to determine the meaning of America.”
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