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Modern issues focus of Alabama march anniversary

 The hands of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., are reflected in the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala. during a wreath laying ceremony Saturday, Ma...
 People gather around the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday, March 3, 2012. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and other congressmen led a...

Selma Montgomery March

The hands of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., are reflected in the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala. during a wreath laying ceremony Saturday, Ma...

Selma Montgomery March

People gather around the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday, March 3, 2012. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and other congressmen led a...

Marchers will do more than commemorate history when they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and recreate the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery _ they will target Alabama's new voter ID and immigration laws.
Peaceful demonstrators in 1965 were attacked on that bridge by police in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." The violence helped spark passage of the federal Voting Rights Act eliminating discrimination at the polls.
Organizers of this weekend's march say new voter ID laws could disenfranchise about 5 million voters.
They expect thousands to cross the bridge Sunday in Selma, with hundreds making the 50-mile (80-kilometer) march to Montgomery over the next week. The march ends March 9 with a rally at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once served.


Updated : 2021-05-16 14:54 GMT+08:00