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Selma March - 09 Mar 2015
With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and threats to voting rights, President Barack Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law.
Obama, the first black U.S. president, said discrimination by law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Missouri, showed a lot of work needed to be done on race in America, but he warned it was wrong to suggest that progress had not been made.

"Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished, but we're getting closer," Obama said, standing near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police and state troopers beat and fired tear gas at peaceful marchers who were advocating against racial discrimination at the voting booth.

The event became known as "Bloody Sunday" and prompted a follow-up march led by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. that spurred the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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March 08, 2015
Addie Crum crosses under the Edmund Pettus Bridge wearing her Sunday hat during the 50th anniversary...
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Woman crosses under the Edmund Pettus Bridge wearing her Sunday hat during the 50th anniversary of the...
Addie Crum crosses under the Edmund Pettus Bridge wearing her Sunday hat during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, AL. March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
Thousands of people march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to...
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Thousands of people march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to...
Thousands of people march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
Original "foot soldiers" Dorothy Tillman Wright (C) who marched during Bloody Sunday shouts during a...
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Original "foot soldiers" Tillman Wright who marched during Bloody Sunday shouts during a prayer at the...
Original "foot soldiers" Dorothy Tillman Wright (C) who marched during Bloody Sunday shouts during a prayer at the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
People walk along the Edmund Pettus Bridge before the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Selma...
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People walk along the Edmund Pettus Bridge before the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Selma...
People walk along the Edmund Pettus Bridge before the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
A marcher carries a sign as he marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of...
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A marcher carries a sign as he marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of...
A marcher carries a sign as he marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
Thousands of people march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery...
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Thousands of people march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery...
Thousands of people march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
A man hawks his t-shirts which say "Hands Up Don't Shoot" before the 50th anniversary of the Selma to...
Selma, UNITED STATES
A man hawks his t-shirts which say "Hands Up Don't Shoot" before the 50th anniversary of the Selma to...
A man hawks his t-shirts which say "Hands Up Don't Shoot" before the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Alabama March 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,...
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Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. Also pictured are first lady Michelle Obama (L), U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) (2nd L), former first lady Laura Bush (2nd R) and former president George W. Bush (R). The event comes on the 50th anniversary of the 'Bloody Sunday' march at the bridge, where police and state troopers beat and used tear gas against peaceful marchers who were advocating against racial discrimination at the voting booth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) hold hands with former President George...
Selma, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle hold hands with former President Bush and former first lady...
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) hold hands with former President George W Bush (R) and former first lady Laura Bush (L) and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) during commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 'Bloody Sunday' historical civil rights march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 08, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7,...
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Obama delivers remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and threats to voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
A woman walks along downtown carrying an American flag as she waits for the arrival of U.S. President...
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A woman walks along downtown carrying an American flag as she waits for the arrival of U.S. President...
A woman walks along downtown carrying an American flag as she waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
Women wipe away tears during remarks by U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) (not pictured) at the Edmund...
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Women wipe away tears during remarks by Lewis at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
Women wipe away tears during remarks by U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) (not pictured) at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and threats to voting rights, President Barack Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
People take pictures along the Edmund Pettus Bridge commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma,...
Selma, UNITED STATES
People take pictures along the Edmund Pettus Bridge commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma...
People take pictures along the Edmund Pettus Bridge commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma, Alabama March 6, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at the bridge on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. On March 7, 1965, roughly 600 civil rights activists began a 50 mile (80km) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in an effort to end racial discrimination in voter registration. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson (R) waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Selma,...
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Civil rights activist Jackson waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama
Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson (R) waits for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tour the National Voting Rights Museum and...
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Obama and his family tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama greets U.S. Congressman John Lewis ( L ) after Obama spoke at the foot of...
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U.S. President Obama greets Lewis at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
U.S. President Barack Obama greets U.S. Congressman John Lewis ( L ) after Obama spoke at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. March 7, 2015. Obama delivered remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of which Lewis was one of the originally marchers of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
Thaddeus Jackson (L), shows off a t-shirt commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma, Alabama...
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Jackson shows off a t-shirt commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma, Alabama
Thaddeus Jackson (L), shows off a t-shirt commemorating the 50th anniversary march in Selma, Alabama March 6, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at the bridge on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. On March 7, 1965, roughly 600 civil rights activists began a 50 mile (80km) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in an effort to end racial discrimination in voter registration. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
(L-R) Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush and former president George W. Bush join current first lady Michelle...
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The Bush family join Obama and his wife for a commemoration at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama...
(L-R) Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush and former president George W. Bush join current first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama for a commemoration at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and threats to voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March 7,...
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U.S. President Obama speaks at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush among others make a symbolic walk across...
Selma, UNITED STATES
U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush make a symbolic walk across the Edmund...
U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush among others make a symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Gerald Herbert/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 08, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (5th L, in white shirt) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus...
Selma, UNITED STATES
Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama (5th L, in white shirt) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. Also pictured are Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson (from L), his daughter Sasha, first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA). With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and threats to voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday during a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 07, 2015
Pictures of the Civil Rights Movement hang behind U.S. President Barack Obama as he and his family tour...
Selma, UNITED STATES
Obama and his family tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama
Pictures of the Civil Rights Movement hang behind U.S. President Barack Obama as he and his family tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (center L) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,...
Selma, UNITED STATES
Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama (center L) participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and his family look at exhibits including prison uniforms worn by civil rights...
Selma, UNITED STATES
Obama and his family tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama
U.S. President Barack Obama and his family look at exhibits including prison uniforms worn by civil rights activists, as they tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. With a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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March 07, 2015
Lazette Bowens (L) and her daughter Zoe take a selfie at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March...
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Lazette Bowens and her daughter Zoe take a selfie at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
Lazette Bowens (L) and her daughter Zoe take a selfie at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama March 6, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at Edmund Pettus Bridge on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. On March 7, 1965, roughly 600 civil rights activists began a 50 mile (80km) march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in an effort to end racial discrimination in voter registration. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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