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Amnesty Supporters Converging on Selma for Sunday's March

By    |   Saturday, 07 Mar 2015 06:53 PM

Illegal immigration supporters will converge on Selma on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" to protest that amnesty is America's new civil rights movement.

"Throughout the weekend, immigrants will stand with thousands of others converging in Selma at this historic moment to affirm their role in the struggle against racism and oppression," said the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice in a statement released this week to local news website AL.com.

The group's activities include a "Black and Brown Unity Rally" on Sunday featuring Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farm Workers and other immigrant leaders, AL.com reports.

Supporters also will participate in the commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge later Sunday afternoon. More than 100,000 people are expected to participate in the march, according to AL.com.

On March 7, 1965, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders led thousands of protesters across the bridge in the first of three marches seeking to reach Montgomery, Alabama, to demand an end to discrimination against black voters and all victims of segregation.

Scenes of police troopers beating marchers on the bridge shocked the nation, emboldening leaders in Washington to pass the Voting Rights Act five months later. "Bloody Sunday" came two years after King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

President Barack Obama praised the Selma marchers in a speech in which he said the nation's racial history "still casts its long shadow upon us.

"So much of our turbulent history — the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war, the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow, the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher — met on this bridge," said Obama, who was 3 years old when the march occurred.

"It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills, a contest to determine the meaning of America."

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