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Sharpton to deliver keynote sermon honoring “Bloody Sunday” march

The Selma to Montgomery marches helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the Bloody Sunday attack in 1965 in Selma, Alabama.

Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, will return to Selma on Sunday, March 6, to deliver the keynote sermon in honor of the 57th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Selma garnered national attention after a march led by John Lewis and Hosea Williams in response to the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson ended in violence at the hands of state troopers — earning the title “Bloody Sunday.” Two weeks later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for a rally on the capitol steps.

The marches helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Michael and Catherine Bullock Community Center located at 1428 Broad Street in Selma.

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