ALABAMA: ‘ BLOODY SUNDAY MARCHERS PREPARE TO CROSS ICONIC BRIDGE ‘

Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery continued Sunday in the same place where civil rights activists paved the way for equal voting rights a half century ago.

President Barack Obama and other leaders delivered spirited speeches in Selma on Saturday in remembrance of the violence that broke out on March 7, 1965, when police tear-gassed and beat peaceful marchers, who gatherer to protest voting restrictions and the fatal shooting of a black activist by police weeks earlier.

"Fifty years from ‘Bloody Sunday,’ our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer," Obama said Saturday to a crowd estimated to be more than 40,000 strong.

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