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Bloody Sunday

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Selma is marking the 51st anniversary of the voting rights demonstration that came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."

Officials expect thousands of people to fill the west Alabama city this weekend for Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

The event won't be as large as last year, when President Barack Obama and others attended to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

But thousands are still expected to participate Sunday as activists and others re-enact the event by walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

StoryCorps Atlanta

Amelia Boynton Robinson has died. She was 104.

Robinson started her career in Civil Rights in the 1930s as a voting rights activist. On March 7, 1965, she tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, along with hundreds of others protesting for equal rights for African-Americans.

In 2010, she sat down Genise Kemp Brown to tell her the story of the march – which started off at a church.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps Booth.  

The position will be known as the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.
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In 2006, PBA30 spoke with Congressman John Lewis about his experience on the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. 

Marchers hold up a ''March On'' and ''Still They Marched'' signs as they make their way towards the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights marchers were attacked as they crossed over the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Media coverage of the attacks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ultimately successful march from Selma to the state capital, Montgomery, created pressure that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed under "All Roads Lead To Selma"
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“Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama – where civil rights marchers were beaten by police on their way to Montgomery – marks its 50th anniversary this weekend. 

The city of Atlanta honored some of those who participated in the march at a ceremony Monday.

More than 100 people came to City Hall to share stories and sing songs of the civil rights movement.    

Juanita Jones Abernathy, the widow of Ralph David Abernathy, was one of the organizers of the march.