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Voting Rights Act of 1965
Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom
Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom

First, they sang "God Will Take Care of You." Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried over the Alabama River by a bridge named in honor of Confederate general and Alabama Ku Klux Klan leader Edmund W. Pettus. It was about 2:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, March 7, 1965. At the foot of the bridge, the marchers were met by Alabama state troopers. Some were on horseback. Major John Cloud spoke to the marchers through a bullhorn. "It would be detrimental to your safety to continue this march," he said. "And...

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