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President on the march as America remembers.

Barack Obama yesterday told Americans their racial history "still casts its long shadow" as he joined thousands commemorating the 50th anniversary of a civil rights protest.

The US president, wife Michelle and 100 members of Congress gathered in Selma, Alabama, to remember the day in 1965 when police attacked marchers demonstrating for voting rights. The violence temporarily halted the Selma-to-Montgomery march led by Martin Luther King, which helped build momentum for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act later that year.

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SPEECH Obama speaks on bridge where marchers, below, were attacked in 1965

SALUTE A statue of a marcher stands in front of a photograph of the famous walk to justice in a civil rights museum in Hayneville, Alabama

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 8, 2015
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