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50 years later, the Civil Rights Act would not pass Today




This July 2, 1964, file photo shows President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo, File)


For example, since 2010, 22 Republican-controlled states have passed restrictions on voting because this is their only path to victory under their current platform. The country is browning, voters of color are on the upswing, and the GOP is chasing a dwindling demographic of aggrieved white voters.

Voting rights once enjoyed bipartisan support until Obama came to town. But now, the GOP support for voting rights is nowhere to be found.

Even Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), who owes black folks for his recent primary victory against the Tea Party onslaught, supported last year’s Supreme Court decision that defanged the Voting Rights Act. Cochran and all of his GOP colleagues had voted to reauthorize the law in 2006.



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50 years after "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama


President Barack Obama will call for a new generation of Americans to take up the torch kindled by civil rights leaders 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, when he visits the historic town Saturday.

America's first black president will stand at the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge, accompanied by wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, to argue that events half a century ago are not confined to history, a White House official said ...


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In this March 7, 1965 file photo, state troopers use clubs against participants of a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala. At foreground right, John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is beaten by a state trooper. The day, which became known as "Bloody Sunday," is widely credited for galvanizing the nation's leaders and ultimately yielded passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (AP Photo)

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Selma: A major step for African American voting rights



Downtown Selma is seen from the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where route 80 crosses the Alabama River, on March 4, 2015 in Selma, Alabama (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)


... The first, failed attempt to carry out the march would be followed by another on March 9 and a final successful push on March 21. The latter two were led by 1964 Nobel Peace prize winner Martin Luther King Jr.

Below is a list of events leading up to and following the march ...

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There is an effort to change the name of the Pettus bridge through a petition that is circling around. Edmond Pettus was a devout KKK ...




Selma, 50 years after march, remains a city divided




The ongoing racial divide in Selma, Ala., is evident in the feud over the bronze bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest that was taken from his monument. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


... Selma today is a strange and complex place, difficult for even other native Alabamans to understand; a white passerby overhearing Sexton's rant dropped his head and walked on. Half a century after the civil rights movement made it famous, the city's extremes have become entrenched, as separate and unmoving as the banks of the Alabama River that runs through its heart.

And while people on the extremes stay at war, the majority in this city of about 20,000 residents are suffering. Dallas County ranked as the poorest in the state last year, with unemployment at 10.2%. Forty percent of families in Selma live below the poverty line, and violent crime is five times that in other towns around Alabama ...

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-selma-20150307-story.html#page=1


Rose Sanders
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Political activist Faya Rose Toure, also known as Rose Sanders, is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the organizing force behind the 50th anniversary celebration of the march.




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I'm really enjoying President Obama's speech right now from. The Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Ala. It is powerful to say the least. I hope at some time during this 50 year celebration that each one here will take the time to hear not only his speech, those of John Lewis and others. Awesome!!!
 

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