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Dem Powerhouses Mark Selma's Bloody Sunday

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Dem Powerhouses Mark Selma's Bloody Sunday

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Dem Powerhouses Mark Selma's Bloody Sunday

Dem Powerhouses Mark Selma's Bloody Sunday

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Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama visit Selma, Ala., today to mark Bloody Sunday, an important anniversary in the civil-rights movement.

In 1965, about 600 people began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to show support for voting rights. Six blocks into the march, they met violent resistance from state and local law enforcers.

That seminal event is marked each year with a brief march.

Obama and Clinton gave dueling speeches at two churches just a block apart Sunday morning in Selma, Ala. T

he presidential contenders will later be joined by former president Bill Clinton in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in commemoration of the 1965 voting-rights march.

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