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Selma march: Obama pays tributes to 'heroes' on 50th anniversary

  • US president Barack Obama has commemorated the 50th anniversary of the famous Selma civil rights march and paid tributes to the men and women who took part in it.

    In a speech remembering “Bloody Sunday”, Obama said the “heroes” of 7 March 1965 had “given courage” to millions.

    The first black president said it was because of the Selma marchers that “the doors of opportunity [had] swung open…for every American”.

    The event was also attended by around 100 members of the US Congress.  

     

     

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