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Obama to enjoin new generation in Selma address

A woman walks across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, on March 4, 2015 in Selma, Alabama ahead of the 50th anniversary of a seminal moment in America's democracy when some 600 rights activists were attacked by police with clubs and tear gas at the bridgePresident 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. On March 7, 1965, some 600 peaceful voting rights activists were attacked by police with clubs and tear gas at the bridge, a seminal moment in America’s democracy. The history of what happened at Selma on “Bloody Sunday” has recently returned to prominence thanks to an Oscar-nominated film starring actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King.

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