Today in Selma, Ala., thousands are expected to participate in the symbolic crossing of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, it’s part of a weekend of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when state troopers attacked civil rights marchers. Yesterday, President Obama joined others in his own commemorative walk across the bridge. In his remarks, he pointed to Selma as a touchstone for racial progress today.
JANAI NELSON: It almost brings tears to your eyes if not fully to know that we have come so far in these 50 years that we have gone from being, you know, forcibly denied the right to vote to electing the first black president and having him address us after serving two terms in office.
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