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Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March

Sunday, 03 Mar 2013 04:57 PM

 

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Vice President Joe Biden led civil rights leaders and national political figures in a ceremonial crossing of a Selma bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965.

Biden put his arm around U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was one of the original marchers attacked by state troopers at the start of the march to Montgomery 48 years ago. Biden said Lewis and the other marchers showed courage and determination in the name of justice always prevails.

More than 20 U.S. senators and representatives, Attorney General Eric Holders and civil rights leaders, including Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, joined the re-enactment Sunday afternoon,

About 5,000 people joined the re-enactment. That's 10 times the number of original marchers at what's now known as "Bloody Sunday."

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