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Civil Rights Leaders Head To Selma This Weekend

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ATLANTA (WAOK)-Hundreds of members of the civil rights community will converge upon Selma, Alabama this weekend to re-enact the march from Selma to Montgomery that took place as a result of the incident known as “Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965.

On that day, 600 civil rights activists were beaten by police with clubs and tear gas as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Among the activists leading the march, a young John Lewis of SNCC, (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the Reverend Hosea Williams of SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). The “Bloody Sunday attack eventually lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and host of “Keepin It Real” on News and Talk 1380 WAOK is leading a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that gets underway Sunday and will follow the same footsteps taken by the marchers back in 1965. Mrs. Evelyn Lowery of the SCLC W.O.M.E.N. is also sponsoring the 25th anniversary of the annual Civil Rights Heritage Bus Tour to Selma this weekend. Busses leave on Saturday from the SCLC headquarters on Auburn Ave.

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