Commemoration of ‘Bloody Sunday’ set in Alabama

Members of Congress plan to join civil rights activists and others for the annual ceremony of a day of racial violence in Selma.

A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is set to be on hand Sunday afternoon to recall “Bloody Sunday, ” the day in 1965 when voting rights protesters were attacked by police as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Lewis, then a young organizer, was among those injured. The violence set the stage for the Selma-to-Montgomery march, which helped build is supportive of congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act months later.

The annual celebration described tens of thousands of people in 2015, when then-President Barack Obama spoke near the base of the bridge as former President George W. Bush listened.

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