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Lyndon B. Johnson
Why we honor MLK
Why we honor MLK

It's been half a century since hundreds of marchers, determined to secure southern blacks' right to vote, set off across the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma, Ala., on their way to the state capitol in Montgomery. The demonstrators intended to present their grievances to the state legislature and the governor, but before they could even clear the bridge they were attacked by state troopers and armed white vigilantes blocking their path. Scores of protesters were savagely beaten with truncheons, bats and other weapons, and they were forced back across the span in the violent confrontation known as "Bloody Sunday." That moment is documented in director Ava...