Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Bloody Sunday memorial honors late civil rights giants

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SELMA, ALA. » The commemorat­ion of a pivotal moment in the fight for voting rights for African Americans is honoring four giants of the civil rights movement who lost their lives in 2020, including the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and also highlighti­ng the continued fight for voting rights.

The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee marks the 56th anniversar­y of Bloody Sunday — the day on March 7, 1965, that civil rights marchers were brutally beaten by law enforcemen­t officers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Bloody Sunday became a turning point in the fight for voting rights.

This year’s commemorat­ion comes as some states seek to roll back expanded early and mail-in voting access and efforts have been unsuccessf­ul to restore a key section of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of discrimina­tion to get federal approval for any changes to voting procedures.

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