Civil rights march started in Selma, USA

Start of NAACP Selma to Washington march, USA

From Reuters news agency:

Sat Aug 1, 2015 4:00pm EDT

March to Washington begins with civil rights rally in Selma

By Letitia Stein

NAACP leaders launched a 40-day march across the U.S. South on Saturday with a rally in Selma, Alabama, drawing on that city’s significance in the 1960s civil rights movement to call attention to the issue of racial injustice in modern America.

Organizers of “America’s Journey for Justice” want to build momentum behind a renewed national dialogue over race relations prompted by the killing of a number of unarmed black men by police officers over the past year.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People leaders at the rally urged marchers to honor the memories of New York’s Eric Garner and Cincinnati’s Samuel DuBose, two of the unarmed black men killed in the police confrontations.

The march, which would cover nearly 900 miles, began on Selma’s historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police beat peaceful marchers with clubs and doused them with tear gas in 1965. The infamous confrontation was a catalyst for the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act, signed into law 50 years ago this week.

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  6. Wow. Just watched the film Selma with David Oyelowo. Also watched UK astronaut Tim Peake space walk. Why can mankind not move on? Together we can be so powerful. Divided so pitiful. Dr King and those who stood by him are heroes, those who stood against Dr King and equal rights so wrong.

    In hope for a world where someday we can stand together and fulfill our potential, together.


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