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  • Selmamarch
    Up to 80,000 marched in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of peaceful voting rights activists were brutally attacked by Alabama state troopers, crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery in a voting rights protest. Bloody Sunday was the first of three attempted marches, finally completed under federal protection and led by Dr. Martin...
    March 10, 2015 | Story
  • Jeffsessionscongressalabamavotingrights
    Over the weekend, more than 100 members of Congress traveled to Selma for the commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches for voting rights. Amy Goodman had a chance to speak with Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who supports the 2013 Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act. We get reaction to Sessions’ remarks from Ari Berman, who reports on voting rights policy for The Nation. He...
    March 10, 2015 | Story
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    Tens of thousands of people, including President Obama and more than 100 members of Congress, traveled to Selma, Alabama, this weekend for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On March 7, 1965, hundreds of peaceful voting rights activists were brutally attacked by Alabama state troopers, crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery. Bloody Sunday was the first of three attempted marches, finally...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
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    Amy Goodman interviewed civil rights luminaries at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, including 103-year-old Amelia Boynton Robinson, who held President Obama’s hand as they marched on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Robinson played a key role in organizing the march and invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Selma in 1965. "If you are not a registered voter and you are 18 years of age, you are a hopeless people. Definitely...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Bernice-king-selma50
    Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was confronted by Alabama state troopers as he led a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This weekend, his daughter Bernice King was escorted across the bridge by an African-American state trooper. "The contrast between then and now is phenomenal, but the reality is we are at a crossroads," King says. She argues voting rights that were won in 1965 have since been gutted,...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
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    As the U.S. Department of Justice calls for a major overhaul of Ferguson’s criminal justice system after finding systemic discrimination against African-American residents, we speak with Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, who marched in Selma to mark the 50th anniversary of the protest for voting rights. "My son would have been able to vote had he still been alive for the election coming up," McSpadden says of...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
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    As thousands gather to mark a pivotal moment that prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we speak with U. W. Clemon, Alabama’s first African-American federal judge. He says the current U.S. Supreme Court is "amorous of state rights, which we thought we had fought a great Civil War over, thought we had settled that issue," and argues this is a dangerous trend that has allowed states to enact new restrictions on...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • John-lewis-selma50
    John Lewis was a young organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when he marched with 600 others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. On Saturday, he returned to Alabama as a Democratic congressman from Georgia to introduce President Obama during the ceremonies commemorating Bloody Sunday, when Lewis and other voting rights activists were beaten by Alabama state troopers. "On that day, 600 people marched into...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
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    One notable civil rights activist who did not take part in this weekend’s commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma was Diane Nash, who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She spoke at an event honoring civil rights foot soldiers and explained her opposition was based on the participation of former President George W. Bush. "The Selma movement stands for nonviolence and peace and...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Avaduvernaydemocracynow
    On the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday," watch our interviews with Rep. John Lewis, who helped organize the march as a young civil rights activist; and with "Selma" director Ava Duvernay.
    March 04, 2015 | Web Exclusive