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Thousands commemorate Bloody Sunday's march in Selma

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 Thousands are in Selma this evening to remember Bloody Sunday and a march leading to the voting rights act of 1965. National, state, and Birmingham leaders were a part of the kick off at the historic Brown Chapel. Thousands then re-enacted the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march was re-created Sunday for the 49th time since 1965.

It was there - on Bloody Sunday-  that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a movement that was heard around the nation.

"It's not only changed Selma," Rep. John Lewis, (D) Georgia, said. "It helped transform the nation."

For Foot Soldiers like Helen Brooks, Sunday's March is a reminder of our nation's past - a painful point in time, but one that brought great change.

"The white water fountain, the black water fountain, we were so used to it we didn't know until we came aware then we marched to be able to vote so we could make a difference," Helen Brooks, a Foot Soldier said.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's son - played a key role in the day's events. He told us coming back to Selma is a reminder of the victories, but also the work still to be done.

"It's my hope congress will revisit this issue and while there is a bill on the table, it only covers four states as opposed to - it could be 20 or so - that need to be looked at," Martin Luther King, Jr. III said. "I'm happy to be here - always happy to be in Selma, but very concerned about the direction we're going at this particular moment."

Rev. Jesse Jackson returned to Selma, spending time with many who have marched alongside him. 

"Our marching created a new South," Rev. Jesse Jackson said. "The  beneficiaries are all over the place. Even the tea parties, those who work at Honda, Hyundai, those are the beneficiaries of our struggle." 

"You come back to recommit yourself and to witness the changes that have occurred," Lewis said. "I think today there is still work to be done, but changes have occurred in Selma, Al." 

 

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