'No matter what it takes': Selma remembers

A rights activist poses for a picture on March 5, 2015 in Selma, Alabama, in front of a mural depicting the attack on peaceful civil rights activists by police in Selma 50 years beforeThey paid for black Americans’ right to vote with their blood and bruises. As President Barack Obama said on the eve of his visit to Selma, Alabama: the battle for civil rights is not ancient history. He meant people like 70-year-old retired firefighter Henry Allen, who five decades ago took part in history. A half century ago, then 20-year-old Allen and around 600 fellow activists tried to march from Selma to the state capital Montgomery.

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